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...

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...
IARS Becomes Accredited European Voluntary Service Receiving and Sending Institution

IARS Becomes Accredited European Voluntary Service Receiving and Sending Institution

  The IARS International Institute is proud to announce that this week it received accreditation under the European Union’s Erasmus+ to run projects under the European Voluntary Service (EVS). This accreditation means that IARS can now both receive volunteers from other EVS accredited institutions as well as send its own volunteers to other accredited institutions across Europe. This accreditation indicates to youth volunteers across Europe who may be interested in working with IARS on a project that the organization is willing to help them overcome the economic and social obstacles and cultural differences which may make their participation more difficult. IARS will also provide support for British youth volunteers who are hoping to go abroad to volunteer with other accredited organizations. The EVS accreditation helps to build on previous recognition already gained by IARS through such awards as the Youth Mark. IARS young people learn to inform policies and practices affecting them whether at a local, regional, national or international level. We are dedicated to helping deliver the EU Youth Strategy by “Investing and Empowering” our young people. See The IARS International Insitute’s full EVS database listing here. To discuss sending volunteers to IARS email...
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...

Votes Needed To Help Us Secure Natwest Funding To Support Hundreds Of Marginalized Young People!

Shortlisted from more than 700 projects, down to 12 in the London region, with your support we can receive up to £35,000 from the Natwest Skills and Opportunities Fund to deliver our “PROMYSE” – Promoting Youth Social Entrepreneurship project. PROMYSE will benefit hundreds of marginalized young people to become aspiring social entrepreneurs. Submit your Vote here http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com/vote/ Voting takes less than 5 seconds. Just choose your region: London and vote for the IARS International Institute.  (No subscription required). People have until 12pm on Friday 5 May 2017 to cast their votes. How we will invest the money The project will develop an interactive, accredited e-course built around the principles of game theory to facilitate learning and enhance engagement. The e-course will be piloted to at least 100 young people, enabling them to become social entrepreneurs. Funding will also allow us to support directly 30 ‘social entrepreneurship ambassadors’, who will help to develop the course and to promote it through a series of targeted engagement campaigns. In addition, we will set up a coaching and support hub to serve as a center of further support. As well as piloting the e-course with at least 100 marginalised future young entrepreneurs, we will also set up a local network of employers and reach over 5,000 relevant stakeholders nationally. Following PROMYSE’S evaluation by the Youth Advisory Board, we will use the learning to pursue further funding and the continuation of the e-course on a free...
Press Release: European Conference To Address Barriers To Youth Unemployment

Press Release: European Conference To Address Barriers To Youth Unemployment

Youth-led solutions to the problems facing young carers in accessing education, training and employment will be presented at the EU funded 5th IARS Annual International Conference 2017, on 27 April, 2017 (9am – 4pm) at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London. The conference titled “Youth-led Solutions to Unemployment: The Voices of Young Marginalized Carers” will present the research and results of the two-year, youth-led Care to Work program (C2W), which aimed to address the barriers young Black, Asian and Minority Ethic Carers (BAME) carers face in their efforts to achieve education and employment. C2W was delivered in partnership with 3 European partners Anziani e Non Solo (Italy), Linnaeus University (Sweden) and the Family and Childen Care Centre (Greece). Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director said: “The UK may have said no to the EU but Erasmus has said yes to our youth and I hope that this international conference and our research findings will inspire us to continue the work beyond politics. It was a pleasure and an honour to have acted as the coordinator of this EU-wide programme. Young BAME carers are one of the most neglected groups of our society.” Keynote speakers for the conference will be Laura Bennet (Lead for Adult Policy, Public Affairs and Development, Careers Trust), Simon Chambers (Programme Lead, Youth, Erasmus+, UK National Agency, British Council), Arti Lad (BAME Young Carer and Member of the IARS Youth Advisory Board) and Dr. Theo Gavrielides (Founder and Director, IARS International Institute). The event will be chaired by Simon Israel (Senior Home Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News) Organized within the Erasmus+ (KA2) framework, the event is aimed at policy...