IOWA RESOURCE FOR INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

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YES students embark on an enrichment trip

Executive Director for IRIS, Del Christensen, and Program Assistants, Brittany Haga and Sara Schoneberg, take the Kennedy Lugar-Youth Exchange and Study (YES) students to tour the capitol building and visit a local mosque....

A green thumb for Global Youth Service Day

Through their hard work on Abbie Sawyer Elementary School's garden, Kennedy Lugar-Youth Exchange and Study(YES) students learn to appreciate the importance of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD)....

Growing new opportunities

Meutia Hakim, a Kennedy Lugar-Youth Exchange and Study (YES) students, displays individual volunteerism at the Faith and Grace Garden project, which is located at St. Timothy Episcopal Church....

Some well-deserved recognition

Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) receives certificates of recognition from the Iowa House and Senate....

20 years of outstanding alumni

While the KL-YES program encourages students to complete alumni activities, other programs don’t include formal project opportunities. Although they don’t receive funding, most alumni create initiatives on their own. ...

Our newest board member

While in the UK Bishop Samuel and I traveled to different schools speaking to student about the needs and living conditions in South Sudan Africa. ...

Nigerian Health Center Renovation

The group of 13 used IRIS funding to carry out the two-day renovation project, which included giving the walls a fresh coat of paint, repairing window nets and ceiling repairs. ...

Seeking local coordinators

Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) is looking for energetic community leaders who are passionate about learning about new cultures and working with people from different backgrounds, to serve the role of local coordinator in various communities in Iowa. ...

20 years of staff

While one of IRIS’ goals is to help others, the staff members have also benefited. By working at IRIS, volunteerism and a desire to develop cross-cultural relationships between people around the world becomes a part of everyday life. Our staff have been lucky enough to...

KL-YES alumni Training of Trainers Workshop- Bali

Joseph has attended training workshops in the past, but none as effective as ToT. He said that he eventually “came to realize the reasons why the impact was about 40 percent. It was because my training was not effective. My experience at the ToT workshop...