IRIS extends a huge thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate

International Day of Peace!

The 2017 International Peace Walk was held Saturday, September 23. The event had a total of 16 booths from different organization within the Ames community. This year's Youth Exchange and Study (YES) students attended the Peace Walk as part of their orientation. The students ran some of the booths, including henna tattoos, hijab wrapping, international storytelling, and international trivia. Overall, this year's event was a success and IRIS thanks everyone who volunteered, donated, and attended. We couldn't put on such an amazing event without all the help and support we receive.

This was the third annual International Peace Walk held by IRIS. The event gives YES participants each year an opportunity to share information about their countries and cultures with their community. The Peace Walk continues to be an opportunity for the community to not only learn about the students, but also to learn about different organization they may not typically know about or interact with.

If interested in more information about this year's Peace Walk, or to learn more about donating, volunteering, or hosting a YES student through IRIS, feel free to contact us!

Free Activities!

Cultural demonstrations!

and other activities!

Check back for more updates on next year's event later!

Thank you to all our sponsors!

Event Sponsors
Cultural Booths
Cultural Booth Sponsors
  • IRIS logo
  • Ames Human Relations Commission
  • Egyptian Student Association
  • Worldly Goods
  • Ames Public Library
  • Ames League of Women Voters
  • Ames International Women’s Day Coalition
  • Ignite Yoga
  • Ames PD
  • U.S. Bank, Ames
  • Ignite Yoga
  • Fareway

Who does this event benefit?

The money raised from this event will benefit IRIS's Global Grants and Scholarships program. This program offers IRIS alumni from all over the world the opportunity to continue their education and help their home communities grow. Many alumni apply for our scholarships and grants each year, but we are only able to fund about one third of the requests. In order to help more students and citizens achieve their goals for a more peaceful world, we need your help!