EUROPEAN YOUTH LEADING THE WAY  FOR EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION

EUROPEAN YOUTH LEADING THE WAY FOR EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION

International youth conference to be held by the IARS International Institute at Lewisham College on the 16th and 17th July. The conference shall bring together young people with European and British key decision makers, academics, teachers, policymakers and youth agencies to tackle the issues of opportunity and enterprise, whilst equipping young participants with the skills they need to succeed. The conference is free for students and youth workers and is supported by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. Youthpass and CPD accredited event. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director, said: “We look forward to welcoming as many young people and decision makers as possible to this international and timely event. At a critical point in time for the UK and Europe, we hope that our youth-led approach and the Erasmus project results that we will be launching will help alleviate poverty and disadvantage for our young people”. By providing access to prominent policymakers, educationalists and employers, young people will pitch their questions to those directly at the heart of Europe’s youth unemployment crisis. Speakers include Simon Chambers policy lead at the British Council, Janet Daby MP, renowned academics and members of IARS Youth Advisory Board.  “The UK’s membership of the European Union has offered opportunities for learning, training and employment for hundreds of thousands of young people. Programmes like Erasmus+, the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications and freedom of movement have helped give meaning to aspiration and social mobility for generations of young people who feel they are truly European citizens. With uncertainty at its height it is vital that we fight to protect or replicate these benefits and...

The 99% Campaign Needs You!

Do you want to gain experience in research, content writing, social media strategy or blogging? Have a spare few hours a week to build this experience? Fancy joining a network of young people seeking to make a positive change in the world? Have an opinion that needs a platform? We are recruiting some new ambassadors for the 99% campaign, and it sounds like you could be one of them. The 99% Campaign is a youth-led initiative and digital participation programme aiming to make society more inclusive, fair and responsive to young people’s views and realities. It achieves its mission by giving a direct voice to the most marginalised young people and by dispelling negative stereotypes. Ambassadors work on a voluntary ad-hoc basis, in which their responsibilities will include: Developing and writing blog and magazine articles about youth issues and current affairs.Contributing to and leading on research projects for the Youth Voices JournalAssisting in the organisation and management of IARS and 99 Percent EventsContributing to the social media strategy of the 99 percent and the IARS International InstituteCreating content for the website, e-mails, social media and blog. What skills are we looking for? Written work is engaging, accurate and unique to the writer.Demonstrates the ability to write for a variety of audiences, such as the blog, the magazine and the Youth Voices Journal. Good verbal communication skills.An excellent grasp of the English language, both written and spoking, is required.Any education level (or no education level!) We want your opinions, not your academic history. Other considerations: Good teamworking skillsConfidentAbility to cope with pressure and work to deadlines.Good general organisation and project...

6th Research & Youth Leadership Awards 2019

[ Awards 2019 Awards 2016 Awards 2015 Awards 2014 Awards 2013 Awards 2012 Sponsors & Supporters 2019 Celebrating youth participation and leadership in research and social problem-solving The IARS International Institute is delighted to announce the nominees and winners of the 6th Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards! The Community Leader Award Nominees: Nazreen Khan, Nicholas Nicou, Nathalie Grigorenko, Alda Daci, Leila Omari Winner: Nicholas Nicou The Partnership of the Year Award Nominees: Simon Whiteley and the Tideway Organisation,  The Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) Winner: The Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) The Peacemaker of the Year Award Nominees: Mohamed Abdelwahab, Student Organization Cuuna of Cambridge University, 4Front Project, Our Future – Our Choice Youth Organisation, LeapConflict Organization & Naomi Lunguma Winner: Naomi Lunguma The Youth Research Project Award Nominees: Ancient House Teenage History Club, Victoria Pérez Fernández, Aidan Chase-McCarthy, Laura de Nuzzo, Bizzie Bodies Winner: Aidan Chase-McCarthy The Youth Digital Award Nominees: Sanjeev Sandhu, Bizzie Bodies, Gal-Dem Magazine  Winner: Sanjeev Sandhu The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award Nominees: Preetii Bali, Calum Paton, Girum Chala Winner: Calum Paton Since 2012, the IARS International Institute has been running its own annual awards aiming to celebrate and reward cutting edge research and youth leadership from around the world. The Awards began as a response to the 2011 riots. Their aim is to recognise and reward outstanding young people and projects that contribute to our mission of a fairer society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving. Following 5 consecutive successful Awards Ceremonies, IARS will maintain this tradition and once more celebrate young people who are...

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...

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).  ...

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...