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A Brief History of IRIS

During our 25th Anniversary Year, we plan to take a walk down Memory Lane by sharing highlights from our history at IRIS. Our organization wasn’t always

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Kennedy- Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (KL-YES)
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Happy Valentine’s Day, Iowa!

Although the weather is freezing and bleak, the warmth for Iowa continues to burn in the hearts of our Youth Exchange & Study students. When

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Meet Audra!

As the year came to an end and 2016 began, IRIS said goodbye to a wonderful PR intern, Hanan. Hanan was with IRIS from May of

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From the staff
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Welcome, Hanan!

Shortly before our students left the country last month, we at IRIS also said farewell to Megan Guerrero, our former Public Relations intern. Megan had

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Layers of Diversity

  On May 2-May 4, IRIS held a special exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center that featured Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study student’s artwork.

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Celebrate Host Moms!

Hosting a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) student through IRIS offers many fulfilling opportunities. Host families are able to experience different cultures and learn

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IRIS and Social Sustainability

  Last week, Program Assistant Rachel Cramer attended an Earth Day event at Iowa State University. The event acted as a showcase of sustainability-related community

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