A REFLECTION OF MY FIRST WORK TRIP ABROAD

Warm greetings to my fellow young people, as well as other readers! I would like to share with you my experience as I went abroad for my first work trip at the The IARS International Institute. Recently, I had the tremendous fortune of travelling to and attend the Promyse staff training event in Vilnius, Lithuania. This took place as part of a short-term staff training event put on through IARS International institute among other representative, including Diesis COOP based in Belgium, Diversity Development Group in Vilnius, ICSE & Co in Italy and finally, KMOP in London. All teams came together to discuss Promyse – a project that was founded by the European commission, with the objective to promote social entrepreneurship in the health and social care sector. The whole journey was an unreal experience and greatly expanded my own perspective on the world, youth engagement and of the increasing importance of social enterprise. My fellow colleague, Natalia and I met at Liverpool Street Station to get the train to Stansted Airport. Upon arriving at the hotel at 1am, we retired for the night and prepared ourselves for the busy week ahead. On our first day, we all ushered into the meeting room where we would experience our first encounter with the rest of the team and prepared for the introduction and team building, along with the social networking. Towards the evening, we had a relaxed walk around the beautiful city of Vilnius. There is a variety of Soviet architecture in the city and remarkable buildings like the Seimas Palace which is a symbol of resistance of the Lithuanian nation...

Natwest: Skill Up Training Offer

“Skill Up” is one of the seven projects funded in London by NatWest’s Skills & Opportunities Fund and was shortlisted from 600 project submitted in England and Wales. Our final selection was confirmed following public vote after receiving thousands of votes in the region of London. The project officially started in October 2017, and is still on-going.  Dr Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of the IARS International Institute said, “The unstable political, economic and social environments have hit young people the hardest. As we look positively into the future, this timely project supported by NatWest will challenge stale thinking while directly empowering some of the most neglected youth to pursue their entrepreneurial skills. It is not often that we see this trust in youth-led project ideas, and for this we are grateful to the Skills & Opportunities Fund.” Since then, we have developed our training programme for young entrepreneurs which can be found here: www.iars.org.uk/training. It’s totally free and can offer a great insight into what it takes to start up a social enterprise. Once you complete the training you will have access to the mentor hub and the opportunity to gain feedback on your business...

Abused No More Training Courses

Online course for youth professionals This summer, the Abused No More partnership is very pleased to announce the launch of the CPD accredited interactive e-learning course “Abused No More: Safeguarding Youth and Empowering Professionals”. This e-tool aims to strengthen the skills and competences of youth professionals who are working with marginalised youth especially those who are facing exclusion and discrimination due to gender based-based abuse or their cultural backgrounds. Using real stories of young people, the course explores youth-led models of engagement and familiarise professionals with the concept of legal literacy as an empowerment tool for prevention of gender based discrimination and violence. Access the e-course Online course for young people The partnership also launched a short interactive online course for young people living in the UK and Europe. The course aims to increase young people’s awareness of gender based violence and discrimination with particular focus on female genital mutilation (FGM), honour based violence and forced marriage. The e-course includes additional resource and videos that will help young people to take action, get involved and share knowledge with their peers. Access the e-course  ...

“Abused No More: Safeguarding Youth and Empowering Professionals”

Abused No More The ‘Abused no More: Safeguarding Youth and Empowering Professionals’ (AnM) is a ground breaking, evidence based e-book written within the framework of Erasmus + Key Action 2 for Youth. The book was written within a 3 year youth led programme that aimed to create, support, develop and serve a strategic partnership in the area of youth-led training, educational and awareness raising activities that will allow better integration of marginalised youth, particularly those from migrant groups, and with an emphasis on gender based violence. The e-book brings evidence from the UK, Poland, Cyprus, Romania and Italy while analyzing the emergent findings in a comparative perspective for Europe. The legal literacy of marginalised youth at risk of social exclusion was assessed while particular emphasis was put on different types of abuse faced by young migrant women. The eBook features a comparative chapter reviewing current practice across Europe as well as chapters in Greek, Italian and Polish. Recommendations for future policy  and practice are formulated to help protect this particularly marginalised group of young people. Over the last 3 years, professionals, young people and LGBT migrants have benefited from freely available, tailored online training tools and resources resulting from both projects. The tools aim to increase users’ knowledge and confidence as well as to strengthen professionals’ capacity in providing tailored and successful services. https://www.abusednomore.org/download/852/  ...

The Civil Society Strategy: Engaging Young People

As a young person volunteering at the IARS International Institute, it is encouraging to see the how the Civil Society Strategy has emphasised the crucial role of young people in shaping the future of our society. The Strategy outlines government’s commitment to ensuring that all young people have opportunities to develop the skills, networks and resilience that can improve their life chances, fulfil their potential and to support them to avoid negative pathways in future. The Civil Society Strategy’s strengths certainly lie in the youth engagement and youth-led approaches. After reviewing the Strategy, it was exciting to see that the Strategy co-operates with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in developing proposals to help young people play their part. Some other highly positive aspects of the Strategy covered the youth voice commitments, the involvement of young people in policy design, and setting out three new youth voice projects, which are: A Civil Society Youth Steering Group set up within the DCMS to oversee the development and implementation of policies affecting young people, including the plans set out in the Civil Society Strategy. DCMS will also set up a national Young Commissioners and Inspectors Group to involve young people directly and meaningfully in the commissioning, monitoring and evaluation of national programmes affecting young people. With respect to future policy, the government will build systems to ensure that young people both have their views heard and are able to play a role in delivery. As a youth-led institute and expert in youth-led research, IARS has its own youth steering group – the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) – which...