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  ...

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT & INNOVATION PROJECT (YEIP) ASSOCIATE

The IARS International Institute is pleased to announce a vacancy for an Associate to work on our Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP).  The post is offered under our IARS Associate Scheme, and the application deadline is 18thSeptember 13:00.  Successful candidates will be invited to a face-to-face / online interview during the same week for an immediate start. We have a simple online application process via this link https://www.iars.org.uk/content/IARSassociate The full Job Description and more detailed information about the role can be access via this link. The IARS Associate Scheme In July 2018, we launched a new Membership Plan, which invites our Platinum Members to join our Associates Scheme in order to enable us to develop close relationships with like-minded experts who are able to provide services to IARS on a consultancy basis. Applicants will need to be IARS members or commit to joining IARS at the interview stage. Who we are looking for We are looking for an ambitious Associate with experience in action research methods and with an interest in devising training tools for delivery in schools, universities, youth offending institutions and online. This is a key role that will work directly with the Director on IARS’ Youth Empowerment & Innovation Project, which aims to test new models for tacking youth violent radicalisation and marginalisation. The Role, the application process and our offer The post is offered on a consultancy basis via our Associates’ Scheme. To apply follow this link Our offer includes: 12 month consultancy contract (renewable and extendable depending on funding). £100 per day for 2 days (14 hours) per week. (Travel, subsistence and other expenses will be covered separately and with advance agreement with IARS). CPD...

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...