IARS Becomes Accredited European Voluntary Service Receiving and Sending Institution

IARS Becomes Accredited European Voluntary Service Receiving and Sending Institution

  The IARS International Institute is proud to announce that this week it received accreditation under the European Union’s Erasmus+ to run projects under the European Voluntary Service (EVS). This accreditation means that IARS can now both receive volunteers from other EVS accredited institutions as well as send its own volunteers to other accredited institutions across Europe. This accreditation indicates to youth volunteers across Europe who may be interested in working with IARS on a project that the organization is willing to help them overcome the economic and social obstacles and cultural differences which may make their participation more difficult. IARS will also provide support for British youth volunteers who are hoping to go abroad to volunteer with other accredited organizations. The EVS accreditation helps to build on previous recognition already gained by IARS through such awards as the Youth Mark. IARS young people learn to inform policies and practices affecting them whether at a local, regional, national or international level. We are dedicated to helping deliver the EU Youth Strategy by “Investing and Empowering” our young people. See The IARS International Insitute’s full EVS database listing here. To discuss sending volunteers to IARS email...
Happy of Southwark

Happy of Southwark

  My spirits were lifted this week by the report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development report which told us that on average teenagers are happy with life and give life 7.3/10 in a happiness score [BBC].  In the UK the average 15 year old scores happiness at 7/10, which is a positive affirmation in a world which throws so many challenges in their direction.  Far from being grumpy the young people we bump in to around the offices here in Canada Water (Southwark) are mostly happy if occasionally bashful!  Watching the many young people riding their skateboards here in the spring sun is another reminder that 99% of the young people we meet in London are creative and valued members of their community. At IARS our background was in youth work and from this our current project with Southwark Council has bloomed.  Our Southwark Youth Now project sets out to help young people: Feel empowered, self-confident with personal goals and aspirations that will further increase their willingness to continue in formal education or pursue further training/employment preventing them from the risk of becoming NEET’s. Acquired a set of soft skills including communications skills, public speaking, presentation and team work skills that will improve their educational performance in short term and their employability in the long term. The output of the activities will be certified so it will add to their employability. Improved their understanding and knowledge about their rights as citizens at local and national level and their relationship/engagement with local authorities and public and other local bodies eg. Police, Housing Associations etc. Improved their awareness about...
Internship: Youth Voice Journal Secretariat

Internship: Youth Voice Journal Secretariat

An exciting opportunity has come up for a junior researcher to join the editorial team of the peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal and IARS Publications. As the Secretariat for the Youth Voice Journal, your role will be key to the development of this peer reviewed publication as well as other books and magazines published by IARS Publications. You will work directly with the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Theo Gavrielides and his Editorial Assistant, Jack Bellamy, on the organisation, development and promotion of the Journal. Your day to day tasks will vary including: handle new submissions and ensure that they comply with the submission guidelines, register the journal with indexing services and research universities and educational institutions to identify opportunities for its the expansion and lead on building the new website for IARS Publications. For this internship opportunity, we are looking for an ambitious junior researcher with genuine interest in promoting research and academic work. The right candidate will have excellent communication and organisation skills with ability to take initiatives, plan and prioritise work effectively. We are looking for a commitment of a minimum of 3 months. The role is flexible and can be carried out remotely with a minimum of 14 hours per week. Benefits include: out-of-pocket expenses such as travel and lunch when office based, opportunity to travel to other EU member states for training and conferences, accredited training at the IARS International Institute and YouthPass (where applicable). This is a voluntary position and not a consultancy. Apply: To apply please download and review the application pack, then email a CV and Covering letter outlining your suitability for this role to yvj@iars.org.uk . Interviews will be conducted via...

Votes Needed To Help Us Secure Natwest Funding To Support Hundreds Of Marginalized Young People!

Shortlisted from more than 700 projects, down to 12 in the London region, with your support we can receive up to £35,000 from the Natwest Skills and Opportunities Fund to deliver our “PROMYSE” – Promoting Youth Social Entrepreneurship project. PROMYSE will benefit hundreds of marginalized young people to become aspiring social entrepreneurs. Submit your Vote here http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com/vote/ Voting takes less than 5 seconds. Just choose your region: London and vote for the IARS International Institute.  (No subscription required). People have until 12pm on Friday 5 May 2017 to cast their votes. How we will invest the money The project will develop an interactive, accredited e-course built around the principles of game theory to facilitate learning and enhance engagement. The e-course will be piloted to at least 100 young people, enabling them to become social entrepreneurs. Funding will also allow us to support directly 30 ‘social entrepreneurship ambassadors’, who will help to develop the course and to promote it through a series of targeted engagement campaigns. In addition, we will set up a coaching and support hub to serve as a center of further support. As well as piloting the e-course with at least 100 marginalised future young entrepreneurs, we will also set up a local network of employers and reach over 5,000 relevant stakeholders nationally. Following PROMYSE’S evaluation by the Youth Advisory Board, we will use the learning to pursue further funding and the continuation of the e-course on a free...
Press Release: European Conference To Address Barriers To Youth Unemployment

Press Release: European Conference To Address Barriers To Youth Unemployment

Youth-led solutions to the problems facing young carers in accessing education, training and employment will be presented at the EU funded 5th IARS Annual International Conference 2017, on 27 April, 2017 (9am – 4pm) at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London. The conference titled “Youth-led Solutions to Unemployment: The Voices of Young Marginalized Carers” will present the research and results of the two-year, youth-led Care to Work program (C2W), which aimed to address the barriers young Black, Asian and Minority Ethic Carers (BAME) carers face in their efforts to achieve education and employment. C2W was delivered in partnership with 3 European partners Anziani e Non Solo (Italy), Linnaeus University (Sweden) and the Family and Childen Care Centre (Greece). Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director said: “The UK may have said no to the EU but Erasmus has said yes to our youth and I hope that this international conference and our research findings will inspire us to continue the work beyond politics. It was a pleasure and an honour to have acted as the coordinator of this EU-wide programme. Young BAME carers are one of the most neglected groups of our society.” Keynote speakers for the conference will be Laura Bennet (Lead for Adult Policy, Public Affairs and Development, Careers Trust), Simon Chambers (Programme Lead, Youth, Erasmus+, UK National Agency, British Council), Arti Lad (BAME Young Carer and Member of the IARS Youth Advisory Board) and Dr. Theo Gavrielides (Founder and Director, IARS International Institute). The event will be chaired by Simon Israel (Senior Home Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News) Organized within the Erasmus+ (KA2) framework, the event is aimed at policy...