Young Carers Conference: Barriers to Employment

On Monday 26th March at Dulwich Library, 5pm-7pm, the IARS International Institute is hosting the conference Young Carers: Barriers to Employment.  At the conference, the IARS will present the findings of their year long project ”Young Carers Matter” and engage young carers and professionals to discuss the findings and share their experiences. The ”Young Carers Matter” project was designed to recognise young carers’ unique skill sets and help potential employers understand how valuable these can be, and provided training to both young carers and professionals to support young carers into employment. There are limited spaces available, so click here to register or email e.lanham@iars.org.uk to RSVP. Agenda to follow. We hope to see you...

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).  ...

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...
Happy of Southwark

Happy of Southwark

  My spirits were lifted this week by the report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development report which told us that on average teenagers are happy with life and give life 7.3/10 in a happiness score [BBC].  In the UK the average 15 year old scores happiness at 7/10, which is a positive affirmation in a world which throws so many challenges in their direction.  Far from being grumpy the young people we bump in to around the offices here in Canada Water (Southwark) are mostly happy if occasionally bashful!  Watching the many young people riding their skateboards here in the spring sun is another reminder that 99% of the young people we meet in London are creative and valued members of their community. At IARS our background was in youth work and from this our current project with Southwark Council has bloomed.  Our Southwark Youth Now project sets out to help young people: Feel empowered, self-confident with personal goals and aspirations that will further increase their willingness to continue in formal education or pursue further training/employment preventing them from the risk of becoming NEET’s. Acquired a set of soft skills including communications skills, public speaking, presentation and team work skills that will improve their educational performance in short term and their employability in the long term. The output of the activities will be certified so it will add to their employability. Improved their understanding and knowledge about their rights as citizens at local and national level and their relationship/engagement with local authorities and public and other local bodies eg. Police, Housing Associations etc. Improved their awareness about...
Community-led Project To Boost Employability Of Bame Young Carers In Southwark

Community-led Project To Boost Employability Of Bame Young Carers In Southwark

An innovative community-led project that will boost the employability of hundreds of young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young carers in the borough of Southwark is announced today. The project titled “Young Carers Matter” is funded under the Communities Fund of the Department of Communities and Local Government and will be delivered by the IARS International Institute, a Southwark-based charity in partnership with Southwark Council. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of the IARS International Institute said: “Young Carers is undoubtedly one of the most marginalised groups in our prosperous society. Our youth-led project will provide young carers living in Southwark with accredited training that builds on their strengths and skills, while empowering them to achieve independent and fulfilling lives. Building on strategic alliances of a local network and by allowing our young people to lead, I am confident that “Young Carers Matter” will pave the way national and internationally”. Guided by an Independent Youth Advisory Board consisting of 10 young carers, and through the development of a dynamic local stakeholders’ network, “Young Carers Matter” will bring together local service providers, employment services, employers, key stakeholders from Southwark Council and young carers to develop effective strategies and policies and improve educational and employability outcomes for young carers. Currently, over 2,500 young people who provide care to friends and family live in Southwark and many more that are likely to be invisible to service providers. Due to their caring responsibilities, young carers may compromise their educational and employment opportunities. Service providers involved in the “Young Carers Matter” Network will also be benefited by the project as they will be offered...

IARS Young People’s Response to the Youth Justice System Review

  The IARS Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with the 99% Campaign are pleased to submit a response to the departmental review of the youth justice system for the Ministry of Justice. The review that is led by Charlie Taylor examines evidences on; ·         What works to prevent youth crime and rehabilitate young offenders, and how this is applied in practice; ·         How the youth justice system can most effectively interact with wider services for children and young people; and ·          Whether the current delivery models and governance arrangements remain fit for purpose and achieve value for money. An interim report was published in February 2016 and a final report is expected in September 2016. The IARS Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with the 99% Campaign, has taken the initiative to respond to this open consultation representing the views of young people. Specifically, the response aims to provide insights on the use of restorative justice in the youth justice system and its potential to support prevention, diversion, rehabilitation and reintegration. In the framework of the review the Youth Advisory Board and the 99% Campaign conducted online surveys calling young people to share their experiences of the youth justice system as well as restorative justice. The response also builds on the expertise and previous work of the IARS International Institute in the area of restorative justice. The full response was drafted by the Chair of the Youth Advisory Board Faisal Kassim and can be found...