Call For Papers: 99% Magazine Looking For Young Writers

Are you between the ages of 16-30? Are you passionate about issues facing young people today and interested in getting your voice heard? The 99% Campaign Magazine is looking for writers for its annual issue! We are especially looking for young people who are interested in writing about topics such as; youth unemployment, entrepreneurship and employability, youth radicalisation, the issues facing young carers, equality and anti-discrimination, and the impact of Brexit on young people. The 99% Campaign Magazine is a unique youth-led magazine promoting the positive and creative contributions of young people. By providing a platform where young people are able to express themselves and write about issues that face young people today, the 99% Campaign Magazine aims to make society more inclusive, fair and responsive to young people’s views and realities. If you are interested and would like to contribute, please send a 1000-2500 word article to Internship@iars.org.uk. We also welcome other creative contributions (e.g. interviews, poems or photoshoots).  ...
Celebrating European Youth Week by Changing Mind-sets

Celebrating European Youth Week by Changing Mind-sets

1-7 May is European Youth Week, and the IARS International Institute, the leading UK youth-led social policy charity is pleased to disseminate the findings from the 5th IARS Annual International Conference: Youth-led Solutions to Unemployment, the Voices of young marginalised carers” which was held on the 27th April 2017. The Erasmus+ co-funded conference, hosted at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London, brought together 110 international delegates including young people with caring responsibilities to explore together organic youth-led solutions for policy and practice. The event was chaired by Simon Israel (IARS Patron and senior Home Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News) and Dr. Theo Gavrielides (Founder and Director, IARS International Institute).  Watch them setting the scene for the conference. Professor Gavrielides said: “The UK may have said no to the European Commission, but Erasmus has said yes to our youth. As we celebrate European Youth Week and Parliament is dissolved today, I want to remind everyone where the future of this country and Europe lies. I look forward to continue working with our Institute’s members, users and supporters for building a stronger and more inclusive society for our youth, where “demos” is given real value through statements of truth and reality”. Watch the keynote speech of  Arti Lad, a BAME Young Carer and Member of the IARS Youth Advisory Board presenting her experiences as a young carer in the pursue of employment and education. Watch the keynote speech of Simon Chambers,  Programme Lead, Youth, Erasmus+, UK National Agency, British Council. The conference fostered discussions through workshops and panel debates that aimed to challenge the current discourse, and attitudes used and held among practitioners,...
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...
PLAY: K(NO)w Before You Buy”!

PLAY: K(NO)w Before You Buy”!

K(NO)W BEFORE YOU BUY is half real life and half digital SOCIAL GAME. Together, we are going to visualize a world with a healthy alcohol consumption and responsible alcohol sales. ”The Home Office has announced it will ban the sale of cheap alcohol in England and Wales and set a “floor price” on a bottle of wine of £2.24. Taking effect from April 2014, the scheme is aimed at tackling the problem of binge drinking in Britain”, says Lydia Smith of the International Business Times in an article titled ”Will Banning Cheap Alcohol Solve UK’s Binge Drinking Problem?”. It appears difficult to find a good solution to reduce binge drinking and make everyone concerned aware of all the issues related to irresponsible alcohol sale and consumption. To address that challenge, IARS and its 99% Campaign has joined ‘It’s the Drink Talking’ – a youth-driven initiative, hosted by Alcohol Concern. We need your help and ideas to crate a MAP for a better and healthier society. Let’s play “what if?”- What would happen if we were always mindful when buying alcohol and drinking it? How would our lives change? What would happen if our cities were attacked by money hungry shop and super market owners  selling cheap booze to young people without checking their ID. And isn’t it true that cheap alcohol deals may result in young people drinking more? What if we were detectives and secret agents on a mission to spy on and report harmful alcohol promotions and  failure to check ID? To play the game you need to contribute stories, create blogs, videos, art, comic-book style story, sound and photojournalism projects and post your work on our Facebook Page – No Before You Buy. The best stories will appear at the top...
Squatting: a survival strategy or an alternative lifestyle?

Squatting: a survival strategy or an alternative lifestyle?

By Georgie One of the main issues currently affecting Britain is the housing crisis. Over the last five years cities like London have undergone major gentrification and a large proportion of people are being forced to leave their communities and networks (i.e. where they have spent most of their lives) to live in the outskirts. Times are tough – some people find themselves waiting up to seven years or more to get social housing. To add more salt to the wounds, most private landlords are unwilling to accept people who are on housing benefits. And the government has announced another decision to withhold housing benefit for those aged 18-25 years. But what do young people do to adapt to the housing crisis? Well that is what I wanted to explore as I set out on a mission to find out more about “alternative living”. In the last few months I have been introduced to a few people who have chosen to squat rather than rent. Squatters are often portrayed in the media as troublemakers that don’t want to conform to society because they would rather live for free and not work. Because of this I decided to spend some time in a couple of squats to see what they were really like and to uncover the truth about the squatting community. The squat that I found to be the most unique was an abandoned gym in North London. I had only been there for two minutes and already I felt welcomed. It was a Friday summer evening and a few people were having a BBQ on the roof, overlooking...
Top ten free places to visit in London

Top ten free places to visit in London

Enjoy Yourself on a Budget: Top Five Places to go in London 1. Brixton Splash, Brixton Brixton Splash is a free street festival that has four sound systems playing everything from Reggae to Latin music. As you wander past the main music stage, Windrush square, you can see all the local acts. As well as this, you can grab yourself some authentic street food whilst getting down and dirty in the arts and crafts area in St Matthew’s Peace Garden. Here you will find workshops and bouncy castles which have been set up for children and families to enjoy. So if you are ready to dance your socks off with a chilled Redstripe and a Jamaican patty then this is the festival for you. 2. Café Cairo Film night, StockwellCafé                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...