Young Carers Conference: Barriers to Employment

On Monday 26th March at Dulwich Library, 5pm-7pm, the IARS International Institute is hosting the conference Young Carers: Barriers to Employment.  At the conference, the IARS will present the findings of their year long project ”Young Carers Matter” and engage young carers and professionals to discuss the findings and share their experiences. The ”Young Carers Matter” project was designed to recognise young carers’ unique skill sets and help potential employers understand how valuable these can be, and provided training to both young carers and professionals to support young carers into employment. There are limited spaces available, so click here to register or email e.lanham@iars.org.uk to RSVP. Agenda to follow. We hope to see you...

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).  ...

What Age is too Young to be a Young Carer?

On Monday 11 November 2017, the Evening Standard announced that they are going to start an investigation called The Lost Childhoods. The aim of this new investigation is to bring to light all of the children in London who are vulnerable to “poverty, homelessness, disability, mental health and abuse” (Cohen). In his first article, writer David Cohen interviews Beau Broomfield, an eight year old boy who is serving as his sick mother’s full time carer. Beau describes himself as a very worried child and knows that most kids his age do not have the struggles that he deals with on a daily basis. Ever since he came home to his mum collapsed on the floor, he has taken it upon himself to handle all of her medical needs and house work. He reminds her when to take her pills, helps her move about the house, prepares meals, does laundry, and goes to school. In his mind he knows that he should be out playing with the rest of his 8 year old friends, but his response was “I am worried to leave mum so I stay here” (Broomfield). Unfortunately, Beau’s case is not unique to London’s young people. According to the Children’s Commissioner of England “there are 171,024 young unpaid carers under 18 (in London alone). Some are just under five years old” (Cohen). The reason that the numbers are so high is because many families cannot afford to hire a professional carer, so they rely on their children to take care of them. Beau’s mother, Rose Coffen, for example, has been classified as an ‘in need’ patient, but...
European Solidarity Corps

European Solidarity Corps

Launched under a year ago by the European Union, The European Solidarity Corps is the newest project to get young people out of their comfort zones and out changing the world. With already over 23,000 young people between the ages of 18-30 participating, European Solidarity Corps provides opportunities for Europeans to work or volunteer abroad. Each placement is geared to help both the participant and the people they meet understand the importance of global solidarity. It is all about adapting to other opinions and cultures, while promoting human rights. Young people who want to apply must be open-minded. All of the jobs will require engaging in pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, and equality. Additionally, they must be creative because it is encouraged to develop meaningful ways to change society while respecting the culture they are in. Some project examples include: helping to rebuild a school or community centre, supporting newly arrive asylum seekers, clearing vegetation to prevent wildfires, or working with disabled people in a community centre. There are two ways that a young person can get involved with the European Solidarity Corps: volunteering or occupational activities. If one were to opt to volunteer they would have a permanent location for anywhere between 2 and 12 months. This sector is closely related to Erasmus+, so it is common to get funding from the EU to keep up with expenses. Because the work they will be doing is unpaid, volunteers receiving money for travel, accommodation, insurance, meals, and a small amount for living expenses. Those who opt to obtain a job and participate in the occupational activities sector will be paid...

Drop Into Drop-In!

Attending university is not for everyone. There are a plethora of reasons explaining why a young person might see themselves as unfit to carry on with their education. These reasons range from financial instability to lack of motivation; however, they should not be permanently punished because they made this choice. All across the U.K. and Europe the number of young people dropping out of school is rising, and it is noticeable in the workplace. Young people bring fresh ideas to the table, they are typically fast learners, and are excited to work. Their absence is strongly felt. But getting back into the workforce after dropping out is getting increasingly more difficult because companies only want young people that have loads of experience. The conundrum then becomes how do these young people who do not have degrees but want to get involved entrepreneurship do it? Well, they can drop into Drop-In. IARS International Institute in the U.K., MKOP in Greece, InEuropa in Italy, CARDET in Cyprus, and The Schottener Foundation Social Services in Romania have teamed up to create a strategic partnership to help these Early School Leavers (ESLs). Drop-In is an e-training and networking platform that helps train young people that do not have proper degrees. Each course is tailored to the exact needs of the young person who is taking it. Additionally, it will supply these young people with the contacts of companies that are hiring. It is easy to manage and can be done on the young person’s own time. Plus, since it is offered in many countries, it is easy for young people to travel the...

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...