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YES Alum Led Women’s Empowerment Project in Nigeria

For three months Emmanuel Kpochi (YES alumnus 2012-2013) led an empowerment project for local women in the rural Nyambee community of North Bank, Nigeria. "My hope for this project is that it makes a permanent impact on, if not on all, at least 50% of the participants....

YES alumna nominated for family planning leadership grant

Aisha Waziri, (YES alumna 2011-2012, Poughkeepsie, NY), was nominated for the 120 Under 40 New Generation of Family Planning Leaders grant. “My exchange year in the United State has played a big role in who I am today, the opportunity I had to do community service...

IRIS awards over $13,000 in scholarships and grants

IRIS will award a total of $13,471 in 2017 to the eight scholarship and four grant applicants. IRIS received 31 scholarship applications from seven countries this year totaling $30,495 in requests along with 11 grant applications from six countries totaling $22,029 in requests. Two of the...

Alumni institute accredited by Tanzanian government

Since 2015 the Tanzania YES Alumni Association (TAYAA) has run a vocational training school. This school provides affordable training on 12 different topics ranging from  hotel management to English language to jewelry making. However, up until very recently, the school was not recognized by the...

Exchange student inspired by Holocaust survivor

Each year, the Ida S. Kramer Essay contest calls upon students from the Quad Cities area to write an essay on the life of an individual who lived through the Holocaust. This essay requires the students to reflect on the life of the individual and convey...

IRIS welcomes new staff member: John Jordan

This month has been full of change for us at IRIS. We have moved offices, said goodbye to one staff member and welcomed one new staff member. John Jordan is our newest addition, as the youth program manager for IRIS. In this role, he will help...

Charity beings at home: Nehemiah’s story

America provides many exchange students opportunities that would have been impossible in their home countries. For 2015-2016 exchange student Nehemiah Danjuma from Kaduna, Nigeria, that included feeling accommodated for his disability-deafness. At the age of 10 Nehemiah became deaf, "The cause wasn't quite clear. It's like...

Finding a second home in the U.S.

By Abdul-Fatah Ibrahim, YES 2016-2017, Tanzania, hosted by Ayusa in Amity, OR. Reposted from http://www.yesprograms.org/stories/finding-a-second-home-in-the-u-s My exchange has been an incredible experience. I started as a stranger in my host family of a lovely married couple (Gerald Rima & JoAnn Rima). They've taught me a lot about American...

Tanzanian program seeks to give young women a second chance

Hudhaifat Hamdan, a 2014-2015 YES alumna (Lake Stevens, Washington) and recipient of a 2016 Global Grant, has used her advantage as an exchange alumna to give back to her community. Inspired by her time in America, she wanted to give back to her community in...

Life after the exchange: Jannat’s story

[caption id="attachment_19970" align="alignright" width="273"] Pictured left to right: Leo Hallman, Jannat Abdallah, Carol Hallman and Mary Hallman[/caption] Almost two years ago, Jannat Abdallah packed her bags to make the trip of a lifetime. She said goodbye to all her family and friends in Lamu, Kenya, and embarked...