Congratulations to Fatma Mahmoudi on being the February Student of the Month! Throughout her time as an exchange student, Fatma has been an outstanding example of becoming a well-rounded volunteer.

“Throughout the year she has stood out to me as someone who is incredibly mature,” said Fatma’s YES coordinator, Mary Hallman. “I see she is becoming intricately involved in the whole Fort Dodge community.”

With 90 hours of community service, Fatma has volunteered at the Iowa Criminal Justice Summit, registered veterans before the Honor Flight, and helped the fire department as well as numerous community organizations including the Rotary Club, Golden K and Kiwanis in her community of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Throughout all of this, Fatma has been involved in the school choir, cast as one of the leading roles in the school musical and has practiced tennis all winter in preparation for the high school season.

Fatma is also currently attending the Civic Education Workshop in Washington D.C. where she has been given the opportunity to learn about American government, meet with lawmakers and visit the capital’s landmarks.

Fatma has always been extremely close with her host mother.

“The way she has embraced my family and community – and the way they have embraced her – has been sincerely humbling and heart-warming,” Fatma’s host mother Niki Conrad said. “Over and over, I hear from people how much they admire Fatma. If you have room in your home and in your heart, I highly recommend hosting one of these brave young women and men.

Fatma is just one example as to why hosting matters, if you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a host parent, contact IRIS today.

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