YOUTH AWARDS 2019

Celebrating youth participation and leadership in research and social problem-solving Since 2012, IARS 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. The aim of the awards is to recognise and reward  outstanding young people 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 making positive contributions to their communities in an Awards Ceremony that will be held on 28 May 2019 at Southwark College, 25 The Cut, South Bank, London, SE1 8LF. Book your free ticket here. The Awards are open to children, young people, adults and organisations. You do not need to be based in the UK.It can be an ongoing or a completed piece of work. You do not need to have worked with IARS. However, your contribution to IARS mission & vision must be identifiable through examples and where possible, evidence. Nominations for 6 categories are now open to the public; calling on individuals and organisations to put forward young individuals with inspiring and leadership credentials. Self-nominations are also accepted. We will welcome submissions from UK and non UK based young people and organisations that showcase their contribution to IARS mission & vision. All categories and awards criteria can be found below. Nominations should be submitted by 16th May 2019. All nominations will be scrutinised by the IARS Youth Advisory Board. The theme for this year’s awards is young people who make...

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...

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...