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2017-2018 YES Students Arrive in Iowa

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program was established in 2002 by the United State Congress. The program is funded by the US Department of State and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs. The YES program was founded in responds to...

YES Alum Educates Tanzanians About Snake Safety

Bakari Mtili (YES alumnus 2011-2012) is currently serving as the secretary of the Tanzania YES Alumni Association. He is also currently pursing his Bachelor Degree in wildlife management at the College of African Wildlife Management, in Mweka, Tanzania. Mtili is a member of the Herpetological Society,...

Interfaith and Intercultural Workshop Led by YES Alum in Nigeria

Ori Ogbu (YES Alumna 2013-2014) decided to host an Interfaith and Intercultural Workshop in her community of Benue State, Nigeria after experiencing the diversity in America while studying as an exchange student through the YES Program. Nigeria has two major religions: Christianity and Islam. With the...

YES Alum Led Project to Obtain Clean Water in Nigeria

Daniel Ishaya (YES alumnus 2009-2010) was the project leader for the Rehabilitation of Boreholes Project in the Gombe State of Nigeria. The project began in March of 2017 and was made possible by a grant from the United States Mission Nigeria Grants Program through the...

YES Alum Selected for Prestigious Writing Program

Fares Amer (YES alumnus 2013-2014, Jordan) was accepted to the International Writing Program. The program is offered through the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop with funding from the United States Department of State. The University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop is a prestigious creative writing program and has...

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...