Our Culture

We promote a healthy lifestyle and positive decision-making through education, physical and mental health. We provide youth participants with one-on-one and small group mentoring with caring, safe, and positive adult mentors. We engage youth in programming that fosters growth in leadership and relationship-building skills. We encourage and support academic success through tutoring, self-discovery, goal setting and college/career exploration while ensuring all participants and families find a home within our organization.

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Athletics Program

We use sports and athletics as a tool to reach kids and give them the foundation they need for success.

Academic Enrichment

Our organization focuses on educational development and tutoring for reading, writing, math, science, language and the arts.

Arts Program

We embrace our cultural heritage through singing, dancing, storytelling, fashion, personal experiences and the culinary arts.

GYF At School

A comprehensive tutoring programming for ELL students to transition them to an all-English classroom environment through mentoring and caring adult
role models. 




Move. Play.

Bring Joy.

Next Move Soccer Program

Fridays beginning September 10th / 6:00pm to 7:20pm

Tower Park | 4900 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310

Next Move is GYF's free recreational program to introduce soccer to young boys and girls ages 4-8 and teach them a love of the game.  Next Move program focuses on individual ball skills (one player, one ball), and introduces some soccer-related games. In addition to soccer skills, the Next Move soccer program nurtures good sportsmanship and leadership and serves as a great introduction to Genesis Youth Foundation culture. 


U14 Girls Recreational Soccer Program

Spring 2021

Girls age 8-14  years old are invited to play Girls Recreational Soccer with GYF! If your child was born between 2010-2012 they will sign up for U11 Soccer. If your child was born between 2007 and 2009 they will sign up for U14 Soccer. Genesis Youth Foundation teams compete in the Iowa Soccer League and practice 2 nights a week with tournament play throughout the year. Participation in Genesis Youth Foundation Soccer includes academic support for students as well as year-round supports for parents of players. Scholarships are available for
low-income households. 

U13 and U17 Boys Select Soccer Program

Spring 2021

This high level soccer program for boys born between 2004 and 2010 is designed for immigrant and refugee families who are interested in sending their children to college using their soccer talents. Players will compete in the Iowa Soccer League, with Genesis soccer practice 2 nights a week and tournament play throughout the year. Participation in Genesis Youth Foundation Soccer includes academic support for students as well as year-round supports for parents of players. Scholarships are available for low-income households. 



Dance. Sing.


Youth All Ages / Arts Programming

The Genesis Foundation helps youth and their families embrace their cultural heritage through singing, dancing, storytelling, fashion, personal experiences and the culinary arts. We focus on the development of life skills, the importance of self expression and the value of community. We embrace the heritage of our youth and promote diversity in everyone of our participants.


Sewing Seeds for the Future

Sewing Seeds for the Future is for youth and adults wanting to learn basic sewing skills and embrace the African culture through fabrics. Open to beginners new to sewing and to experienced sewers looking to enhance their skills.




Learn. Grow.

Change The World.


Learn At Home

Social Distancing? Join Us Online!

During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 health precautions, we would like to extend our online at-home tutoring program to assist under-served refugee and immigrant youth. We are interested in partnering with community and faith-based leaders to offer our Academic Enrichment program for the rest of the 2020 school year. Parents are encouraged to get in touch with us about this program.


Learn. Grow.

Change The World.


Academic Enrichment

Tutoring Program

Our after school program offers a comprehensive focus on educational development for reading, writing, math, science, language and the arts. It is paramount that the youth we serve understand and excel at grade level material for their age. If we feel some of our kids need more guidance, we find tutors for them to assist in their success. 



The Genesis Youth Foundation offers a tutoring program for our youth that are falling behind in school. We ensure a respectful and nurturing educational experience for all of our youth regardless of their proficiency. We recognize that some of our youth and their families are still struggling to integrate into the Greater Des Moines Metro area, and need the assistance we provide through our program. 

Interested in volunteering?

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Ubuntu College & Career Prep Series

Genesis Youth Foundation’s Ubuntu Leadership program is designed to inspire the future leaders of tomorrow. The Ubuntu College & Career Prep Series was developed to support students in middle and high school for future success. From January through June, scholars will have the opportunity to explore tools to achieve academic success through online discussions with mentors and peers. The monthly sessions will consist of career exploration, financial literacy, and social and emotional learning. Through college visits and interactive activities Genesis Youth Foundation is committed to exposing students early and often to the necessary tools to succeed academically and professionally. 





Ubuntu Peer Education Program 

High School and College students are invited to apply to be an Ubuntu Peer Educator with Genesis Youth Foundation. Ubuntu Peer Educators will serve as an accessible and approachable way to distribute information and increase knowledge through community based learning. They will be responsible for teaching or sharing health and safety information, values, and behavior to their peers who may share similar social backgrounds or life experiences. For more information or questions please contact Alexis Karumuna, the Ubuntu Leadership Academy Coordinator at a.karumuna@genesisyouthfoundation.org




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Summer Camp

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Ubuntu Summer Camp

Genesis Youth Foundation’s program, Ubuntu Summer Camp is open to students in 3rd grade and up to high school to come learn life skills, dance moves, how to cooks, and take field trips with your friends! Our Ubuntu Summer Camp will be held for 6-weeks from June 15th to July 30th. We will have opportunities for middle and high school students to get ready for the fall and fun activities for all! All are welcome to register for the program! Please register by June 10th and invite a friend to join you! 



Summer Soccer Clinics 

Genesis Youth Foundation is excited to partner with Des Moines Public Schools to offer summer enrichment programs at Hoyt and Goodrell Middle Schools! GYF's Next Move soccer program teaches students life skills while helping them stay physically active during summer break. Students will learn decision making, social problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, and more. June 7th through August 5th the program will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoon. Register for the clinic from 12:00pm to 1:15pm or 1:30pm to 2:30pm!


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Family Engagement


GYF Parents & Kids / Family Engagement

A large body of research has demonstrated that parental involvement in their child's education and after-school activities are instrumental to the student's success. Genesis Youth Foundation is committed to pushing the spirit of Ujima, meaning “a collective effort” and Ubuntu, meaning "I am because we are" to creating a community where immigrant and refugee youth can be successful in the classroom by reducing drop-out rates, increasing student achievement and  students’ positive attitudes towards learning. 

Part of GYF Family Engagement is recognizing individuals' successes and celebrations, including birthdays. The Genesis Family Birthday Celebration is held quarterly on the 3rd Saturday of every third month to celebrate GYF youth and family members who have had birthdays during the previous and current months. Genesis wants to celebrate our GYF kids and parents in a meaningful way as part of the GYF family. We will sing Happy Birthday, offer remarks, and then cut and serve birthday cake. Gift bags for youth and adults who have had birthdays will be provided. Please wear your mask. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival and hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be available.