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IRIS’s YES Students’ New Year’s Resolutions

We asked our students what their New Year's resolutions for 2015 were.  We were quite impressed! (They've also done a great job keeping them!)  Though we're two weeks into 2015, it's never too late to add a new goal to your list. Check out what our students...

Christmas as an Exchange Student

While in Iowa, our students have celebrated their first Halloween, Thanksgiving, snowfall, and, as the holiday season approaches, their first Christmas in America. During the holiday season, some of our students observe different traditions with families and friends back in their home countries.  Mueeze (Bangladesh) celebrates Eid, and Muhammad (Pakistan) and his family celebrate the...

IRIS’s YES Students Attend Mid-Year

We can't believe our 2014-15 YES students have been studying in Iowa for almost a whole semester already!  To mark the half-way point, all 30 students met at a campground near Boone on December 5th through the 7th to participate in Mid-Year.  Mid-Year is a weekend event designed...

Thank You, State Representative Helen Miller, for Your Service!

We send out a big thank you to State Representative Helen Miller for her four years of service on the IRIS Board of Directors. She served from 2010 - 2014. Helen Miller is currently a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from the 9th District.  She has served in the Iowa House...

IRIS’s YES Students Share Cultures During International Education Week

Our YES students went above and beyond during International Education Week. International Education Week, put on by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, encourages students receiving international education to educate others about their countries. All week our YES students shared facts about their...

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Thanksgiving!

Our students will celebrate their first Thanksgivings in a couple weeks!  While host families are peeling potatoes, fighting about who has best green been casserole recipe, and roasting turkeys, many of our students are missing yummy dishes from home. We asked our students to share favorite recipe from home.  The response...

International Hug an Exchange Student Day

November 8th was International Hug an Exchange Student Day.  We challenged our YES students to hug as many people as they could --teachers, classmates, friends, peers, and coaches-- and snap a picture.  We loved the pictures the students submitted, and the fun challenge grew into...

Michael Ikwuyum’s Selection Story

It's selection season.  Applications from talented students with strong grades, diverse extracurriculars, and compelling essays are being reviewed. Potential YES students wait with bated breath after submitting their applications and brush up on their interview skills to try to calm their nerves. The application process is tough, extremely competitive, and requires students to...

IRIS’s YES Students Experience Their First Snowfall

Winter is here, and Iowa just recorded its first snowfall of the season!  Most of our students come from countries where temperatures don't drop past a balmy 70 degrees.  Many haven't seen snow before, and Iowa's frigid, wintry weather is a bit of a shock.  Some students...