A Letter from Young Entrepreneurs

Are you between the ages of 13-30? Do you have a new business idea? Do you want your business to reach people all over the world? Well, then you should look Eurodesk’s Time2Move Campaign and get your idea up and running in another country, because it is TIME2MOVE! Time2Move is a campaign to help young entrepreneurs work, volunteer, and learn abroad. There are so many opportunities that young people can take advantage of to really boost their confidence in the professional world, and/or get started working in it. The benefit of doing is to become familiar with the host country’s economy and provide a mentor business in that country to learn from. It is a great way to form connections and collaborate abroad. Additionally, by working with Erasmus’s Eurodesk many financial concerns can be taken care of from them. Eurodesk stresses that finding a place to stay, travel expenses, language, etc. should not stop young people from going and breaking out of his or her comfort zone- they are happy to help figure everything out. Going and making connections with people all over the world is the most important thing to do when trying to start a business abroad and Eurodesk does not want anything to get in the way. Through the European Youth Portal, young entrepreneurs have access to the jobs available abroad and information about how to create his or her own company. The European Youth Portal has pledged to fight back against youth unemployment because there are so many opportunities abroad that many people do not know about. Whether it is an apprenticeship, traineeship, mentorship, or...

Extreme Need of the Good Life Model for Young People to Avoid Extremists

It is apparent that young people are the target of extremist groups, because they are the most vulnerable and easy to radicalise. During a person’s adolescent and teenage years they are very impressionable to the world around them. The most important thing for most of these adolescents is to find a place to fit in. It is the period of time where they want to be independent but they still have to rely on their parents and the thoughts of their peers; they do not know which way to go. All they want is to think freely, but social and economic pressures make it difficult for them to discover who they are and what they want. Their minds are so malleable that they make the perfect prey for terror groups to spread their ideology. By creating an exclusive subculture, extremists make their targets feel like they are important; their opinions are finally heard and deemed valuable. How can we avoid this? How can we save our youth before they are in trouble? There will never be one definite answer, however, emphasis on the Good Life Model (GLM) in schools and everyday life has great potential to strengthen the minds of the vulnerable and halt radicalisation. The GLM focuses on creating a balanced and well dignified life for not only young people, but all people. However, it is essential that a young person is raised in the values that it upholds so he or she can be confident in their trade and pass on their knowledge. It is human nature to want to succeed in life. There is nothing quite...

British Response to Hurricane Irma

  After a week of devastating disaster, Hurricane Irma has finally ceased its destruction. What is next? Turks and Caicos, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and many other small British territories in the Caribbean had to wait longer than the French and Dutch territories to receive help from their mother country. Even though all of the territories are self-governed, they still rely on the U.K. to come to their aid in times of crisis- they are British citizens. France and the Netherlands have sent support and found ways to lift their native tourists out of the rubble. However, the British government has not responded as quickly or effectively, leaving the islands’ tourists wondering what they are going to do next. We must help them! If anything like this were to happen on the mainland, the government would be scrutinised for not jumping on board the moment that something did not seem right. Proper evacuations and fundraising would be in place to help. It does not matter where our citizens are located geographically; they are us and we are them. Recently, it has been brought to the public’s knowledge that because the Islands bring in money from tourism, they are too wealthy to qualify for aid budget funds. How can this be possible? It should not matter how much revenue a country brings in during its peak seasons, because once disaster strikes, those numbers will plummet. If the U.K. government has the money to start reconstruction, there should be nothing stopping it. Without a steady education system, solid infrastructure, and overall business/hotel restoration the islands will not be able to...
The American Election Taught Me the Power of the Youth Vote

The American Election Taught Me the Power of the Youth Vote

As an American, I eagerly stayed up the night of the 2016 election, anxiously awaiting the results to come out. It was a divisive and hotly contended election, and by all accounts one of the most important in recent memory. Now, here in the U.K., I’m seeing a parallel election begin to shape up, one which will shape the future of Britain for a long time to come. There were plenty of lessons I learned from watching the 2016 U.S. election, but one of the most powerful was how far the country had to go in terms of civic participation from young people. That’s not to disparage the turnout we did have. According to Tufts university’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), an impressive 50% of citizens between 18 and 29 turned out to vote. What’s more impressive is how much of an impact Millennials had on the  election, and how close we came to altering its outcome. Millennials supported Clinton significantly more than Trump, and in several critical states the Millennials almost pushed Clinton to victory. A slightly higher millennial turnout may have altered the result of the election. Now, as Britain approaches its own pivotal election, I see a major parallel here. British Millennials, like their American counterparts, have a whole array of issues which are unique to them, and like youth from across the world, they are the ones who will have to live with the long-term results of the election. Given the powerful role us youths were able to play in the American election, it stands to reason that young...
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...
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...