Dynamix Skatepark – An alternative way of challenging ideas

What has a skatepark got to do with promoting Afrikan Sheroes and Heroes? Not much you would imagine… but Dynamix skatepark are doing exactly that, and they’re doing it in the North-East at their base in Gateshead. Dynamix Skatepark is much more than a skate park, with a vision to actively engage and collaborate with their local community (as well as further afield) to offer alternatives to the status quo of traditional thinking, learning, and creating. Throughout this autumn Dynamix will be rolling out a project to challenge people’s thinking  by focusing on Sheroes and Heroes of Afrikan Heritage. Dynamix’s Creative Director, Rosa Stourac McCreery, outlines their aim “to celebrate Sheroes and Heroes of Afrikan Heritage, and to explore the means by which we can actively challenge racism today, and change the narratives about the history of racism, colonialism and power, which takes the form of a number of events, workshops, and new spaces.” From the end of the month onwards Dynamix will be putting on a number of events including a production of The Tempest (28th October), an exhibition with the Ghanaian-British mural artist – Dreph, a workshop with Akala’s Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, and much more. If you’re in the North-East over the next few months get along and get involved! If you’re interested in the work done by Dynamix have a look at their website, and in particular the wider vision for the organisation as much more than just a skatepark. In our current climate non-traditional service providers are likely to become the active agents for change in our communities, and Dynamix are already taking steps to...

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...

Youth Board Members Wanted

As the new academic year approaches we are looking to kickstart several new youth programmes, working with IARS, and to do so, we need your voice. Recruitment for the Youth Advisory Board is ongoing, as always, but as we look to review all of the projects that are coming to a close it is important to have young people’s input and a fresh look on our findings. We would love to receive your applications ahead of the meetings in October, to ensure we have a diverse range of voices being heard. The YAB is an integral part of IARS and its members hold much prestige at IARS and with our members and partners internationally. The YAB influences the strategic direction of the Institute, works alongside the Trustee Board and supports the IARS Founder and Director. Members get invited to IARS’ events free of charge while there are opportunities for paid placements abroad. All members will receive travel reimbursement for their travel expenses. The YAB will also receive training which is accredited by the European wide recognised qualification of Youth Pass. There are multiple opportunities for young people aged 12 – 29 who are passionate about raising young people’s  voices and representing a positive image of young people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The YAB is especially keen to invite new members who have a background or interest in marketing and front-line delivery of projects. If working on a specific project is more your thing, we are also looking to recruit 10 BAME young carers to be the driving force behind our “Young Carers Matter” project. Young Carers Matter is...
The Grenfell Tower Fire

The Grenfell Tower Fire

The Manchester attack, the London Bridge attack and the Grenfell Tower major fire are three one in a lifetime events in one month in the UK & London.  It’s extremely sad and distressing. As per the latest update 37 people are being treated in the hospital out of which 17 are under critical care, and 17 are reported to be dead. For latest update: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2017/jun/14/grenfell-tower-major-fire-london-apartment-block-white-city-latimer-road As much as these events bring an imbalance in our daily lives they somehow give us an opportunity to come together and act as a society. Quoting one of the victims, “I have lost everything in the fire all I have is what I am in”. But is that all he has? I don’t think so. He has us. He has me, you and he has that mini world with him which resides in London. London is a place which has embraced people from all walks of life. It represents multiculturalism and diversity which is hard to find anywhere else. I am an Indian who stays with Spaniards, work with Brazilians and Britons, and study with Greeks, Germans and French. What a social fabrication! But it is extremely ironic that despite living and cherishing such a heterogeneous society how after an attack a section of society has to prove their belongings to the society by raising funds or condemning the attacks done by some anti-social element. To be precise, I would draw the attention on the Manchester attack, and how proceeding it media was bombarded showcasing Muslims raising funds for the people. Having said this I don’t raise doubts on their helping spirit a pious...