20th Anniversary Countdown!

20th Anniversary Countdown!

We can’t believe our 20th Anniversary Celebration  is just three days away!


We are so excited! Kelsey, our Special Events Planning Intern, has secured an incredible collection of items and packages that will be sold in our silent auction. On Facebook, we’ve been highlighting some of the packages and items available.

Businesses and donors from around Iowa have contributed to our auction.  Some of our items include a date night package, complete with a limo ride and a gorgeous pair of earrings, an ISU Fan Package for those who bleed cardinal and gold, and an array of hand carved bowls, fabric, and rugs galore from all around the world

There’s something for everyone.

Why are we so passionate about this?

The more bids we get, the more money we can raise for our Global Scholarship and Seed Grant!

Here at IRIS, we want to equip our participants with the tools required to engage in their communities when they return home.  We have developed programs that will provide resources to fund educational and organizational programs in their countries.

 Many of our youth program participants come from developing countries. After their one-year exchange stay in Iowa, they often struggle to continue their education in their own country. That’s why we’ve set up the IRIS Global Citizen Scholarship to award exceptional program alumni who are making a difference in their community.   We have found  scholarships in the range of $500 – $1,000 per year can allow students to continue their education locally and become future leaders in their countries.

We also have started the IRIS Alumni Seed Grant. Seed grants of $500 to $1,000 to IRIS alumni for local projects, such as improvement to sanitation or access to education, bring high returns in health status and community development. We hope to make this seed grant program and the scholarship program available to IRIS alumni in all our past program countries.

All funds raised from our silent auction will go straight to support the IRIS Global Citizen Scholarship and IRIS Alumni Seed Grant.

The best part is you don’t have to be at our 20th Anniversary Celebration!  Everyone can get involved!  Visit our online auction site HERE and browse our item and package collection.

When you find something you like, email info@iris-center.org with your highest bid. If it beats Saturday evening’s highest bid, we’ll notify you next Monday! Send us your name, contact information, the name of what you are bidding on, and your highest offer.

We can’t wait to recognize our IRIS supporters and program alumni on Saturday.   We would not be able to bring in YES students or host Community Connection groups and other programs we’ve sponsored without your support.

Thank you for walking with us!