Since IRIS began administering the YES program in Iowa, 280 students have been provided scholarships to participate in the YES Program in our state. The students are currently living throughout Iowa, attending school and learning about the Midwest with their host families.
The program is part of a national effort conducted by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State
IRIS brought the Community Connections program to Iowa in January 1997 and hosted 52 Ukrainians in the first year of the program.
This multi-year program is currently managed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Learning.
While in Iowa, international participants stay with Iowa families, study in Iowa schools, intern in Iowa businesses and organizations, and become involved in community activities. When they return to their home countries, they take with them new ideas and strategies for economic development and peace advancement. They also return with new friendships and a better understanding of Americans and our democratic way of life.