[vc_row row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]IRIS is excited to announce we have 12 students attending the Civic Education Workshop in Washington D.C.

The Civic Education Workshop is a weeklong event from February 28 to March 5 where participants work with organizations committed to community service and social change.

“It’s with all the YES students, only 100 students got accepted and 12 percent are IRIS students,” said Gina Zoss, senior program assistant with IRIS. “It’s a big honor and they had to write an essay within two months of being here, so I’m just proud I guess.”

Hosted by the American Councils for International Education and the American Civics Center, the prestigious workshop will teach students about the U.S. government and encourage community involvement in the students’ home countries after the completion of the YES program.

Participants will also have the opportunity to sight see Washington D.C., visit members of congress and speak to policy makers with the State Department.

At the completion of the last Civic Education Workshop, attendees had the opportunity to discuss current issues in the Middle East with Evan Ryan, the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs as well as meet hosting state senators.

IRIS students had to complete an essay about topics in their home countries that are important to them. Students wrote on a range of topics including freedom of speech, poverty and sexual assault. Several students shared the common interest of women’s rights.

“I wrote about underestimating females, denying their opinion, and preventing them from doing what they think is right for them,” said Jud Hlalat, IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee.

Another IRIS student, Maria Mbura said “I wrote about underestimating females, denying their opinion, and preventing them from doing what they think is right for them.”

Overall, IRIS students are anxious for the workshop and view it as a stepping-stone to becoming agents of change upon returning home.

“I believe that we the youth can carry the change of banner for our countries… the education that we learn will help us to tackle and express what we feel, ” said Jannat Abdallah Al-Nadhir.

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IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee, Ihtisham Haq from Pakistan located in Hawarden, Iowa.

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IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee, Enes Us from Turkey and located in Diagonal, Iowa.

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IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee, Shania Rehnudin from Tanzania and located in Cherokee, Iowa.

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IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee, Zyaad Labib from Egypt and located in Cherokee, Iowa.

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IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee, Jud Helalat from Jordan and located in Ankeny, Iowa.

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IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee, Fatma Mahmoudi from Tunisia and located in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee, Asala Mansour from Israel/Arab Communities and located in Blairsburg, Iowa.

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IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee, Arshiana Binte Mahbub from Bangladesh and located in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee, Haamid Ashraf from Tanzania and located in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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IRIS student and Civic Education Workshop attendee, Jannat Al-Nadhir from Kenya located in Pocahontas, Iowa.

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