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IRIS YES Students Attend Youth Tech Camp

On April 6-12, two IRIS YES students, Israa and Ellyssahanna attended a Youth Tech Camp (YTC) in Burlington, Vermont.  Israa and Ellyssahanna were two of 26 students selected for the program, which focused on leadership, public speaking, and technology/social media training skills. Israa and Ellyssahanna stayed...

IRIS YES Students and the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute

On Monday, April 14th, ten IRIS YES students participated in the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute to engage in discussions on international food issues and interact with leading scientists, policy makers and humanitarians. Tripling in size within three years, over 230 scholars and 120...

IRIS Alumni Global Grant Program & IRIS Global Scholarship

IRIS announces new Alumni Grant Opportunity! IRIS is very pleased to announce the 2014 IRIS Alumni Global Grant Program. These grants are the result of our IRIS 20th Anniversary fundraising campaign and are available to past participants of any IRIS program (youth or adult programs) to enable them to contribute...

Habitat for Humanity

It has been very exciting having the Ukrainian group with us over the past two weeks! They have visited a number of organizations, met representatives in office at the State Capitol, and even attended the Saint Patrick's Day parade in downtown Des Moines. One of...

International Women’s Day

[caption id="3874" align="alignright" width="300"] Left to Right: Rachel (IRIS Staff), Anupama (India), Kimberly (IRIS Staff), Anna (Tanzania), Mariam (Egypt), Aleyna (Turkey), Aziza (Zanzibar), and Sandy (Aleyna's Host Mom).[/caption] International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's, when the world began to industrialize with a...

Civic Education Workshop

Each year a one-week program is organized by American Councils and the American Civics Center, which is held in Washington D.C.. 100 Youth Exchange and Study (YES) students participate in the workshop to have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of key concepts and...

Nigerian YES Alumni Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

YES Alumni are always participating in activities and events where they give back to their community in some way. One of their most recent community service projects included five alumni visiting an orphanage in Bauchi, Nigeria. Taking into consideration that Valentine's Day was the next day,...

YES Alumni Creating Change in Deaf Community in Nigeria

This post comes from a YES Alum named Ashiru who talks about his experience in Nigeria as a deaf man. Along with some other YES Alumni, Ashiru has been able to make significant changes in Nigeria's deaf community.   Just last year I had the opportunity to...

Iowa Student Global Leadership Conference

While the winter Olympics kicked off in Sochi, another global celebration took place in Des Moines, Iowa, at The Stanley Foundation's Iowa Student Global Leadership conference 2014 on February 7th and 8th. Twenty-two of our YES students joined over 120 students at the Ramada Tropics to discuss cultural...