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.

Program schedule 

Moore Elementary School

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Soccer Practice & Tutoring


St Paul Presbyterian Church

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Arts & Tutoring


Johnston Public Library

6: 00 PM -8:00 PM

Arts & Tutoring


Moore Elementary School

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Soccer Practice & Tutoring


Calendar of events



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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.

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Academic Enrichment

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

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Arts Program

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

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A Message From Sam Gabriel

Founder & Executive Director

I came from the Ivory Coast as a refugee and soccer was my motivation when coming to the US.  I played for Iowa United for a year but my parents were limited in not only their written and spoken English but also the hidden rules of middle class Iowa. The expenses & transportation involved with formalized soccer were a burden that the coaches and other parents had to take care of because my family could not.  When the next year came around, I was not selected to play on the team even though my talent was above average.  I kept hearing the word burden and the feeling of not being included in the very thing that gave me hope when coming to the US caused many complications while growing up.  

On top of soccer was my academic story.  I came with a fifth grade education level from the refugee camps and was immediately placed in the 7th grade which I was unprepared for.  I struggled with my school work and have spent years trying to educate myself. I am proud to say that in 2018 I became a college graduate after obtaining my bachelor's in Health Administration at Mercy College. Understanding the struggles of my youth and knowing I needed a better support system from my community and my own parents brought me to the point I am today. This is why I created Genesis."

Sam Gabriel / Founder & Executive Director

Move. Play.

Bring Joy.

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Athletics Program

Every Thursday / 6pm to 8pm

Moore Elementary School

The Genesis Youth Foundation engages soccer talented adults and youth through the promotion of friendships, support and networking. We cultivate strong families and equip participants with the tools to be great role models to their peers and the community. We aim to transcend cultural divisions, break racial barriers and promote social justice while providing opportunities for immigrants and refugees to adapt to their new community. Above all, we promote unity and a commonality of purpose.

Our organization embraces the need to provide opportunities to showcase a variety of talent from many ethnic backgrounds and ages from within central Iowa while keeping participants out of illegal activities and challenging them to become productive citizens in the world.




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.




Learn. Grow.

Change The World.

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Academic Enrichment

Every Day Of Our Programming

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 the grade level they are currently at in their schools. If we feel some of our kids need more guidance, we find tutors for them to assist in their success.

Interested In Becoming An Instructor?

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Tutoring Program

Every Day Of Our Programming

The Genesis 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 and need the assistance we provide through our program.

Interested In Becoming A Tutor?

4801 Franklin Avenue / Des Moines, IA 50310




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