Freedom for Youth Ministries, founded in Des Moines in 2003, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit on a mission to reach Iowa's youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our role is to unite and empower Christian communities to reach young people from kindergarten through 22-years-old with programs that help them stay in school, learn life skills, prepare for the workplace, and develop healthy relationships. These free programs include tutoring, after-school activities, meals, skills classes, and job training—all centered on the message of Jesus Christ's saving grace.
Currently, there are Freedom centers in Des Moines, Johnston, Knoxville, Winterset, Mitchellville, Stuart, Perry, Huxley, and Carlisle. Freedom for Youth's goal is to one day be sharing the Gospel in each of Iowa's 99 counties!
Whiz Kidz is a time for elementary students to learn about the love of Jesus during Bible time and small groups. Students will get to learn the truth of God's word and how to apply it to their lives. They will have the opportunity to develop better social skills and learn about healthy relationships through free time, games, art projects, and conversation.
Discovery is where middle school students an experience the love of Jesus in small group discussions, receive academic help through tutoring, and prepare for future employment in skills classes. Youth will receive support in identifying their God-given talents through classes such as woodworking, art, auto body repair, culinary arts, sewing, and more.
Journey is a place for high school students to receive support in achieving their goals in academics, developing professional job skills, and growing as servant leaders. High school students get to spend time in large group Bible lessons, worship, and small group discussions that focus on developing a personal relationship with Christ.
Transitions is where young adults, ages 16-22, can receive employment training to equip them for their future. After applying, individuals may be placed in roles related to working at the Freedom Blend Coffee shop. Through this program, participants have optional workshops available to them where they can learn the skills of interviewing, resume building, professionalism, money management, and so much more.