We’re constantly impressed by our alumni’s awareness of the problems their communities face. From Nigerian YES alumni fixing corroded streets, to current YES students lending a hand to their Iowan neighbors — our YES students find and fill community needs.

The last weekend of February, six YES alumni and two volunteers from Jalingo in Taraba State, Nigeria saw a need in their community and decided to fix it. The alumni involved were Eframe, Deborah John, Munira Abdul, Shakaa Victor, Silvia, and Success.

Bus Stop

Bus stops in their neighborhoods were run down, had chipped paint, and were corroded from use. To increase the comfort of passengers, the alumni brought paint, tools, and elbow grease to renovate the bus stop.


The group of alumni worked together, admitted it wasn’t always easy, but tried their best to make the bus stop usable.


The community was appreciative of their effort, and the Ministry of Environment and Urban Development commended the alumni for their hard work.

The project was funded by the YES program grant and YES alumni.

Bus Sto


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