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The Younkin family has a strong Iowa heritage. Kurtis Younkin was born and raised in Davenport, IA and graduated from ISU with a degree in Chemical Engineering and currently works for the Iowa Department of Transportation as a Traffic Engineer. Debbie (Lang) Younkin was born and raised in Grinnell, IA and graduated from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO before eventually coming to work at what is now the International Students and Scholars Office at ISU. After Steven and Kyle were born, Debbie left her career to become a full time mom and eventually a homeschool teacher to her boys for their K-12 schooling.
Steven graduated with a BS Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State in 2015 and graduated with his MS Civil Engineering degree here in 2017. Kyle received his BS Construction Engineering at ISU in 2017 after having completed a two year degree at Ozark Christian College in Christian Ministry.
Since 2011 the Younkin family has been heavily involved in international student community outreach with the International Family (iFam), a student organization affiliated with Stonebrook Community Church. They have hosted many international students in their home and help moving students into apartments, teaching English, providing meals, leading Bible discussions, and just being a family for students whose families are an ocean away. The Younkins understand how tough it can be to be separated from family since Steven spent a semester studying abroad in Istanbul, Turkey, and Kyle to New Delhi, India through the Engineering Exchange Program.
After graduation both Kyle and Steven received offers from McClure Engineering Co in Clive for full time employment as engineers in the public infrastructure field. The Younkin family currently resides just outside Ames. With a father and two sons working in the transportation field, they hope to continue to build roads and bridges connecting the state of Iowa just as they have been building bridges between international students and the local community.