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YES7 Alumni Project Winners!

The YES Program doesn't end when the students leave the United States. The second component involves students participating in alumni projects once they return to their home countries, and IRIS strives to support our students not only while they're in the Midwest, but also once...

From a YES student: FBLA State Conference

Saminu Umar is a YES student from Sokoto State, Nigeria. Saminu has been living in Marion, Iowa, and attends Linn-Mar High School through the U.S. State Department’s Youth Exchange and Study Program. In this post, Saminu tells about his experience at the FLBA State Conference....

From a host’s view: Soccer Season Arrives!

Cindy Nichols is the host mom of Dennis Lengishon of Arusha, Tanzania, and Victor Yusuf of Bauchi State, Nigeria. They live in Lewis, Iowa, and attend Atlantic High School. Cindy has been keeping a personal blog, “Adventures with my African Sons,” to share her experiences with...

From a YES student: Volunteering in New Orleans

Joseph Rutakangwa is a YES student from the Morogoro region of Tanzania. Joseph has been living in Monroe, Iowa, and attends Prairie City-Monroe High School through the U.S. State Department’s Youth Exchange and Study Program. Over St. Patrick's Day, he went on a missions trip to...

From a YES student: What I’ve learned about women’s roles

Amanda Wesleha is a YES student from Taraba State, Nigeria. Amanda has been living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and attending Cedar Rapids Washington High School this year through the U.S. State Department’s Youth Exchange and Study Program. Amanda wrote the following post about how her views...

From a YES student: What happens when the snow melts?

TJ Attahir is a 16 year-old YES student from Nigeria. He lives with his host family, Sarah and Mike Jackson, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. TJ attends Cedar Rapids Washington High School through the U.S. State Department’s Youth Exchange and Study Program. Here, he explains his...

From a YES host: Definitions of Prom

Cindy Nichols is the host mom of Dennis Lengishon of Arusha, Tanzania, and Victor Yusuf of Bauchi State, Nigeria. They live in Lewis, Iowa, and attend Atlantic High School. Cindy has been keeping a personal blog, "Adventures with my African Sons," to share her experiences with...

YES Alumni Update: Paulina Maingo

Paulina Maingo was one of IRIS's YES students from Tanzania during the 2008-2009 school year. She lived in Story City and attended Roland-Story High School. The YES program includes a component where students participate in alumni projects once they return to their home countries. Paulina designed...