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...
Community-led Project To Boost Employability Of Bame Young Carers In Southwark

Community-led Project To Boost Employability Of Bame Young Carers In Southwark

An innovative community-led project that will boost the employability of hundreds of young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young carers in the borough of Southwark is announced today. The project titled “Young Carers Matter” is funded under the Communities Fund of the Department of Communities and Local Government and will be delivered by the IARS International Institute, a Southwark-based charity in partnership with Southwark Council. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of the IARS International Institute said: “Young Carers is undoubtedly one of the most marginalised groups in our prosperous society. Our youth-led project will provide young carers living in Southwark with accredited training that builds on their strengths and skills, while empowering them to achieve independent and fulfilling lives. Building on strategic alliances of a local network and by allowing our young people to lead, I am confident that “Young Carers Matter” will pave the way national and internationally”. Guided by an Independent Youth Advisory Board consisting of 10 young carers, and through the development of a dynamic local stakeholders’ network, “Young Carers Matter” will bring together local service providers, employment services, employers, key stakeholders from Southwark Council and young carers to develop effective strategies and policies and improve educational and employability outcomes for young carers. Currently, over 2,500 young people who provide care to friends and family live in Southwark and many more that are likely to be invisible to service providers. Due to their caring responsibilities, young carers may compromise their educational and employment opportunities. Service providers involved in the “Young Carers Matter” Network will also be benefited by the project as they will be offered...
A Youth Led Approach to Radicalisation

A Youth Led Approach to Radicalisation

Professor Theo Gavrielides, IARS’ Founder and Director, claims: “The road that we have taken for security policy and practice is leading to further division and the erosion of our European societal values”. He argues: “Europe is in a democratic deficit perpetuated by a number of challenges such as the economic downturn, fears of security, nationalism and the continuous marginalisation of the disempowered”. His assumption? “There is an alternative vision for social cohesion”. This is what he will be discussing as the keynote speaker at the Final Conference of the MARGIN project, held in Budapest (Hungary) from the 3rd to the 5th of April 2017.  Based on previous and on-going research activities, the MARGIN project’s specific aims are to address public perception of insecurity through the following framework: “1-  To create a framework enabling end-users to contrast objective and subjective measures of insecurity (i.e. compare police statistics with CVS data) 2- To develop and validate a thematic survey with a sample of 15.400 citizens that allows for the assessment of the impact of demographic, socio-economic, and socio-geographic variables on the perception of insecurity 3- To investigate the socio-cultural determinants of the perception of insecurity through the implementation of anthropological fieldwork in five EU countries 4- To share best practices and outcomes in a final event with 100 key end-users. By deepening the understanding of the root causes of insecurity, MARGIN is expected to foster the creation of community resilience practices empowering citizens (especially among those at risk of exclusion) to better face risks, and increase the public and personal perception of security.” (Source: http://marginproject.eu/information-margin) This conference comes at a time as IARS embarks on the first month of its 3-year Erasmus+ Youth Empowerment and Innovation...

Are The Voices of Young People Being Heard? Still A Long Way to Go…

Following the successful conclusion of the London Youth Now programme, IARS is pleased to announce the release of its evaluation report “Youth Voices Matter”. The report is the output of the 5-year Big Lottery funded the “London Youth Now” programme. London Youth Now proved to be successful in developing tailored youth-led awareness and skills development activities that engaged young people and reportedly increased volunteers’ knowledge and confidence to participate in issues that affected their daily life. . Moreover, the programme benefited hundreds of youth organisations by promoting best practices. London Youth Now inspired youth organisations to involve young people by adopting genuine youth-led practices and replicating youth -led models such as the IARS Youth Advisory Board. Drawing on the experiences of involving more than 500 young people and 300 youth organisations across London, the report presents key recommendations of best practices for organisations that work directly with young people in areas such as social inclusion, equality, and social policy. The report contains details how to work in partnership with young people at all stages of their work in governance, service provision, and evaluation. One key finding is that despite the good intentions of youth organisations for youth- led involvement; there is a “long way to go” before an organic inclusion of young people’s voices is achieved both in our society and in the structures of the youth organisations. Cooperation, networking, and an exchange of best practices, experiences, and ideas are crucial in achieving genuine youth involvement that will overcome the barriers of youth social inclusion and will further enable young people to participate in society as equal members independent...
Tuesday 25 November: Digital Media Workshop for Young Activists! Join us!

Tuesday 25 November: Digital Media Workshop for Young Activists! Join us!

Are you 16-25 yrs old? Join us for a free Digital Activism workshop organized by IARS and its 99% Campaign. This workshop will help you develop skills and confidence to fully participate in the modern civic society. The 99% Campaign Team are experts in the field of internet activism and will share their secrets and tips on creating an effective digital activism strategy. The training is designed for both beginners and advanced activists. You will learn to: – Strengthen and grow your civic awareness – Make the most of your networks – Produce attention-grabbing digital videos – Create an effective blog/article – Use social media to communicate quickly and effectively – Raise funds online through crowd funding – And so much more! Go to our Facebook Event Page and join...