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Passport to Prosperity 2014 Sees Record Success!
Passport to Prosperity 2014 was held September 27 at Drake University, and was a huge success!
More than 275 community leaders and friends joined us to recognize the inspiring work and contributions
Click here to see great images from this year’s event, or visit our Facebook page for great pictures of our guests and honorees!
Tej Dhawan, originally from India
The event featured dynamic cultural entertainment from Salsa Des Moines and the Valley High School Chinese Lion and Dragon Team, and a menu reflecting flavors from the native countries of each honoree. Proceeds from Passport to Prosperity support the Ray Resource Initiative - the Iowa International Center’s campaign to sustain and build multilingual resources and educational opportunities for refugees and immigrants in Iowa.
The success of Passport to Prosperity this year helped us cross the $225,000 mark for funds raised for the campaign!
Guests and friends of the Iowa International Center are welcome to continue sharing memories from the event on social media using the hashtag #Passport2Prosperity!
The Iowa International Center would like to thank our major Passport to Prosperity Sponsors and Ray Resource Initiative Campaign donors for their support!
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From WHO TV 13 and Erin Kiernan…”DES MOINES, Iowa — A special group of students has come to Iowa from all over the world. Few arrived with much more than the clothes on their backs and most didn’t know a single word of English.“You’re starting with a blank slate,” says teacher Sharon Johnson, “many of them are pre-literate so they don’t know how to read in their own language, so just learning the alphabet and numbers is where we start.”Jonson’s classroom isn’t in a school. It’s in an office at a Des Moines apartment complex. “Here at Deer Ridge we have over 314 apartments and many, many refugees and immigrants who need to learn English,” explains Dr. Judy Conlin. She’s the executive director of the Iowa International Center. Last year the organization started taking ESL classes directly to the people who need them….”