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From a YES student: Nigerian’s perspective on attempted Christmas Day bombing

On Christmas Day 2009, a Muslim Nigerian citizen attempted to detonate hidden plastic explosives on a Northwest Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan. The plane made an emergency landing in Detroit without any fatalities. Following the incident, new restrictions were imposed on U.S...

From a YES student: Danny’s first American holidays

Danny Laiser, a 17 year-old YES student from Arusha, Tanzania, lives in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and attends Mt. Vernon High School. In this post, he shares about his experiences during the winter holidays. This is a good time for me to share my holiday experiences in...

From a YES student: Laraba’s holiday in Iowa

Laraba Sabtah, an 18 year-old YES student from Bauchi, Nigeria, lives in Waukee, Iowa, and attends Waukee High School. In this post, she shares about her first experiences with snow and the winter holidays in the United States....

New: YES7 Spring Project!

A hint about our YES7 spring project: "Where In Iowa Are IRIS's YES Students?"...

From a host’s view: A new role model

Rachel Garst is the host mom of Ishaku Abner of Gombe State, Nigeria. They live in Coon Rapids, Iowa, and "Big Shak" attends Coon Rapids-Bayard High School. In this post, Garst tells why having an exchange student from Africa has benefitted her family. [caption id="attachment_449"...

From a YES student: Wrestling challenge

Daniel Ishaya, a 17 year-old YES student from Gombe State, Nigeria, lives in Grundy Center, Iowa, and attends Grundy Center High School. In this post, he shares about his first experiences with wrestling at his American high school and getting his first pin....