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A Better Place Than Heaven

[caption id="attachment_17658" align="alignleft" width="351"] Hamza and his host mother, Terri[/caption] I've always expected for a mom, a dad, and a bunch of kids as my dream host family, but my host family ended up just being Terri. It's small, but it came with great joy. I...

YES Students Give Back, and Give Their All

Students who underwent the YES program had the responsibility of carrying out community service during their stay here in the U.S. From being a good student at school, to giving back to the community -- the YES program emphasized that the students should live a well-balanced...

YES 12 Gives Advice to future YESsers

The batch of YES 12 students went on a trip to Black Hills at the beginning of June and got the chance to explore the historic site, as well as themselves and how much they've grown throughout the YES program. There were a series of...

Tanzanian Alumni Inspired Secondary Students Through Cleanup Project

Late last month, the YES alumni chapter in Iringa, Tanzania successfully conducted a cleanup project at a Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) local hospital. YES '11's Catherine Abel Moshiro, Eddah Eliezer Lugala, Renalda Lwilla, and Kelvin Mwangassa are the frontrunners of this project. In addition to...

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 been with IRIS as a PR intern since the fall of 2013. She was a fantastic intern: organized, punctual, creative,...

YES Students take on Black Hills

At the beginning of June, departure approached, and IRIS decided to take the YES students and hit the road! IRIS planned out an eventful weekend for the YES students, which turned out to be a great time for bonding between the students and the IRIS staff,...

Happy [Host] Father’s Day!

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes   The same goes to the special men whom our students are most thankful for; their host fathers. IRIS’s YES students will not get to celebrate Father's Day with their...

2015 Layers of Diversity Art Show

On May 16, a crowd gathered for the 2015 Layers of Diversity Art Show in spirit of good coffee, art and philanthropy at Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure in Des Moines. The exhibit displayed masterpieces made by our very own YES students, each with their individual interpretation...

Global Youth Service Day in Nigeria

  Alumni of the YES program held various projects in conjunction of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). April 18, 2015 proved to be an eventful day as alums helped in the plateau and Taraba areas in Nigeria. Here are some of the projects that took place...

Tanzanian YES Alumni Take On Global Youth Service Day

[gallery ids="17273"] Between April 17 to April 18, 2015, YES alumni in Tanzania actively participated in community services and projects for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). These are several highlights from the many projects our Tanzanian YES alumni organized: [caption id="attachment_17275" align="alignleft" width="193"] Makumbusho market cleanup team![/caption] Down...