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Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Students Volunteer Over 100 Hours

The Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (KL-YES) program not only focuses on building bridges of understanding in the United States but also fosters a spirit of youth volunteerism and community engagement. Each IRIS KL-YES student is required to volunteer a minimum of two hours...

IRIS Students Celebrate With End Of Year Traditions

The end of the school year means can mean a lot of things, but usually it comes down to a gown - whether it is a prom gown or a graduation gown. Each is symbolic of an American rite of passage. Our IRIS YES students...

Project Design and Management Workshop Reflection

On May 18-23 in Zanzibar, Tanzania, IRIS hosted  a three-day Project Design and Management (PDM) workshop for YES alumni from Tanzania, Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya, and South Africa.  The workshop was a collaborative effort between IRIS and American Councils for International Education and was the first...

Reflecting On The IRIS Host Family Experience A Year Later

It’s almost time for IRIS YES students to leave Iowa and return to their home countries with all they have experienced and learned over the last 10 months. Although IRIS YES students will be focused on creating a legacy in their home countries, they have...

Layers of Diversity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMjyGoOsAHU Art from the Layers of Diversity exhibit...

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. The exhibit allowed the students to artistically express their experiences with diversity in the United States.   The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange program is...

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 from their host student, but there is also a bond that is formed between the students and their host moms.   In...

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 and student organizations and was hosted by Iowa State University Live Green and the student group, The Green Umbrella. The event allowed...

Global Youth Service Day

IRIS Nigerian YES alumni celebrated Global Youth Service Day in Tanzania April 11-April 13. Global Youth Service Day is a celebration that encourages millions of young people to make a positive impact in their communities by volunteering. This year, IRIS alumni helped with nine different...