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...

COMPETITION: Design IARS’s 10th Anniversary Celebratory Logo!

The 99% Campaign’s host IARS was founded in 2005 and The beginning of 2015 can only mean one thing… IARS is Celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary!!! Our host is commemorating their 10 incredibly fruitful years of Community-led solutions for a fairer society with a Celebratory 10th Anniversary Logo Competition!!! The WINNING logo will be used on all of IARS promotional material And there will be an additional PRIZE for the WINNING DESIGNER! The deadline for submissions is Saturday, 31st January, 2015 Please send any questions and all submissions...
Internship opportunity: Fundraising Events Assistant

Internship opportunity: Fundraising Events Assistant

IARS is looking for a Fundraising events assistant intern who will support the organisation with fundraising events for the Abused No More project with refugee and asylum-seeking women. The role will also involve exploring alternate fundraising options for the project. IARS is a leading think tank with a mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. We do this by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice, and by supporting young people to shape decision making. Each role is designed to challenge the intern and allow them the chance to gain an insightful introduction to life within an international think-tank. This internship offers rich and high quality experience that will enhance future job prospects. Role: Fundraising events assistant (intern) Number required: 1 Start date: ASAP (after 19th January) Days/ hours to volunteer: 1-2 days a week (flexible) Duration: For 3 months with possibility for renewal Expenses: Up to £12 a day for lunch and travel Benefits: Training in the form of staff seminars, personal development plans, CV review scheme, guaranteed interview scheme when paid opportunities become available. Requirements: Position would suit a graduate/postgraduate who is looking to pursue a role in fundraising or someone seeking commercial experience; Good IT skills, particularly excel and website content management systems; Good written, oral and communication skills; Work well independently; Able to take a proactive approach to undertaking further relevant tasks independently; Capacity to develop a strong overview of IARS’ work; Empathy with the aims and objects of IARS; Interest in migration, gender and refugee issues. Application process: Applicants are requested to send...
Call for Volunteer Contributors for 99% Campaign Blog!

Call for Volunteer Contributors for 99% Campaign Blog!

The 99% Campaign is recruiting a group of 8 young people aged 16-25 to assist in the design and development of the 99% Campaign Blog and its social media platforms. We are looking for young photographers, writers, aspiring film-makers and bloggers to advocate passionately for youth issues. About the 99% Campaign The 99% Campaign is a youth-led initiative that aims to dispel negative stereotypes of young people, and to promote their involvement in decision-making processes and civic life. The campaign is funded by Nominet Trust and is hosted by Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) an independent think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. The Campaign has benefited from the successful development of our 99% Campaigns blog. The blog continues to act as a platform for young people to express their views: to debate the most important youth issues; to be a voice for change in our communities; challenge negative perceptions about young people; and promote the positive contributions of young people in society. What skills and experience we are looking for This is a perfect opportunity for young people who are interested in journalism and creative arts and have a keen interest in current issues that affect young people. We are looking for people that have knowledge of social media platforms and they want to use skills in a digital platform to advocate for current issues that affect young people such as unemployment. Some experience in one of the following would be also highly desirable: photojournalism, photography, filmed making, web-designing and blogging. Benefits You will gain invaluable...
Third Annual IARS Research and Youth Leadership Awards

Third Annual IARS Research and Youth Leadership Awards

The UK-based international think-tank, IARS, in partnership with the youth-led 99% Campaign are proud to announce their 3rd Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards that will be taking place on the 20th August – 3pm at Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR. This free event is supported by the EU programme Erasmus+, The Big Lottery Fund and Nominet Trust. Following the 2011 riots, the Awards were set up to celebrate community achievements for a fairer society with a focus on young people. IARS places emphasis on underrepresented and vulnerable communities who are also politically disengaged and excluded by the media and society. Dr. Theo Gavrielides said: “With much gratitude to our funders and sponsors, IARS and our young people are proud to be holding yet again this international and high profile event. I am especially proud to be holding the event just minutes away from my own home in the heart of Southwark. The nominated projects are always very inspiring and a true reflection of democracy in action; one that is delivered from the bottom up and not from centralised, well climatised offices in high ivory towers”. The event will be hosted by IARS’ Founder and Director, Dr. Theo Gavrielides. Keynote speakers will include Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London and Simon Hughes – Justice and Civil Liberties Minister and MP for Southwark. C/Insp Mat Shaer, of the Metropolitan Police Service, who was involved in setting up the 99% Campaign said: “ The opportunity to recognise the achievements of so many young role models is an exciting one that the 99% Campaign was designed to celebrate. The fact that the 99% Campaign has become a fully youth-led initiative is testament to the values of IARS that so wonderfully...