Iowa Resource for International Service

Beginning October 17th, four of IRIS’s YES students were invited to be a part of a solution for world hunger.

Aleyna (Turkey), Nathan (South Africa), Emanuella (Nigeria), and Meherunessa (Bangladesh) joined high school students, academics, scientists, and world leaders from around the world in Des Moines for the 2013 World Food Prize.

The World Food Prize selects exceptional high school students to participate in its three-day Global Youth Institute (GYI) program.

During the program, students engage in activities, meet with mentors and peers, listen to panels, and present their research findings on food security and agricultural issues to experts and leaders in the field.

This year’s panels were made up of international experts and scientists, including the President of Iceland and Senator Tom Harkin.

But it was Cardinal Peter Turkson’s speech that was a source of encouragement for Emmanuella.

“He called us students diamonds,’”  she said.

“He saw the potential…

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