It is TimeToVolunteer Abroad!

  Are you not quite sure what the next step in your life should be? Are you studying something you are not passionate about? Or do you need a break from the daily grind? Then you sound the like perfect candidate to volunteer abroad through Erasmus+. EuroDesk, a sector of Erasmus+, is spending the entire month of October promoting their #TimeToMove Campaign, and they want YOU to volunteer with them. Volunteering abroad is a great way to do something beyond you. It is an opportunity to make and see a change in the world in a very hands-on environment. Not only is it a great way to travel, but it is the perfect way to learn how other cultures operate. It will give insight to how people function elsewhere. Additionally, it is a fantastic way to make friends all over the world and build lasting connections with people who have similar interests as you. Eurodesk offers many amazing volunteering opportunities all over Europe. Whether you want to go to venture to somewhere that speaks a different language, has a different climate, or is close to home, there are options. They also make it very financially accessible. There are both scholarships and grants that any young person between the ages of 15 and 30 can apply for. Trip durations can last anywhere between 2 and 6 months based on the volunteer’s comfort level. The Eurodesk website also connects interested volunteers with current and past ones. This opens up communication for you to get in touch with people who have been in your shoes. It is completely okay not to know...

Drop Into Drop-In!

Attending university is not for everyone. There are a plethora of reasons explaining why a young person might see themselves as unfit to carry on with their education. These reasons range from financial instability to lack of motivation; however, they should not be permanently punished because they made this choice. All across the U.K. and Europe the number of young people dropping out of school is rising, and it is noticeable in the workplace. Young people bring fresh ideas to the table, they are typically fast learners, and are excited to work. Their absence is strongly felt. But getting back into the workforce after dropping out is getting increasingly more difficult because companies only want young people that have loads of experience. The conundrum then becomes how do these young people who do not have degrees but want to get involved entrepreneurship do it? Well, they can drop into Drop-In. IARS International Institute in the U.K., MKOP in Greece, InEuropa in Italy, CARDET in Cyprus, and The Schottener Foundation Social Services in Romania have teamed up to create a strategic partnership to help these Early School Leavers (ESLs). Drop-In is an e-training and networking platform that helps train young people that do not have proper degrees. Each course is tailored to the exact needs of the young person who is taking it. Additionally, it will supply these young people with the contacts of companies that are hiring. It is easy to manage and can be done on the young person’s own time. Plus, since it is offered in many countries, it is easy for young people to travel the...

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...
Open Letter to the leaders of the main political parties

Open Letter to the leaders of the main political parties

Dear Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron, Nicola Sturgeon, Paul Nuttall, Jonathan Bartley, Leanne Wood, Caroline Lucas, On behalf of the young people of the IARS International Institute’s Youth Advisory Board and the 99% Campaign, I submit the 99% Campaign Young People’s Manifesto.   With the General Election fast approaching, we are calling on you to take this pivotal moment to engage young people and ensure their voices are heard.  Brexit signalled a significant absence of young people at the polls, many of whom are dissatisfied and have lost their trust in the political system. The decisions taken by the next government will spell out the UK’s departure from the EU as well as future policies, legislation and practices. Such policies will be felt most keenly by young people as they just begin to embark on their adult lives. True democracy is predicated on the idea that every individual, irrespective of their background or personal circumstances, should have an equal opportunity to have a say in decisions about their country’s future and formation of policies, legislation and practices that affect them. The 99% Campaign was set up in 2010 as a youth led initiative to empower young people from all walks of life to engage with civic life and our charity is proud to have supported it since it’s inception. I hope that you will do the same. We know that in reality, some groups of young people are less likely than others to exercise their democratic right to vote; less likely to attain elected office; less likely to feel they can influence decisions in their local area; and...
Join our Youth Advisory Board in 2017

Join our Youth Advisory Board in 2017

The IARS International Institute’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is recruiting up to 20 new members for 2017! If you wish to apply, please send your CV and a brief Cover Letter to A.Ntziadima@iars.org.uk – Recruitment is open on a rolling basis and we always welcome new applications. Candidates should ideally be available for an initial meeting on the 11th of January. 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. See example here, and through our role as a Eurodesk UK partner. All members will recieve travel reimbursement for their travel expenses. The YAB will also receive accredited training. 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. Key attributes that we are looking for: Proactive   Diverse      Passionate    Volunteerism Committed User or Ex user of youth services Self-Managing     Networker   Aware of youth issues                                               Advocate Ambitious  Organised Campaigner  Optimistic Computer Skills  Team player Gets involved  Flexible  Background The Youth Advisory Board was a ground breaking IARS project that was run on behalf of the London Serious Youth Violence Board (LSYVB) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPA) to assist the police with the development of strategies...
Communities join forces to celebrate and reward our inspirational young people and their work – IARS 5th Annual Youth Awards Press Release

Communities join forces to celebrate and reward our inspirational young people and their work – IARS 5th Annual Youth Awards Press Release

Communities join forces to celebrate and reward our inspirational young people and their work    5th IARS Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards Ceremony 2016 announced The IARS International Institute in partnership with the 99% Campaign are pleased to announce their 5th Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards that will be taking place on 8 December 2016, 5pm at the Roxy Bar and Screen, 128 – 132 Borough Street, SE1 1LB. Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director, said: “Over the last few months, we have witnessed rising levels of discrimination, racism and hate crimes locally, nationally and internationally. Brexit, the US elections and the global trend of viewing the “other” with suspicion are all new phenomena that present us with challenges. Here at IARS we see them as opportunities for action and unity. This event followed the same philosophy as it was inspired in the aftermath of the London riots in 2011 and with the intention of making something good out of something bad. If you believe in this approach, then join us to celebrate and reward together.” For 5th consecutive year, this unique youth-led event will bring together local communities to celebrate and reward aspiring young leaders and their projects who strengthen and unite their communities. The event places emphasis on promoting equal opportunities to young people from under-representative backgrounds for social action and participation. Rt. Hon. Lord McNally, Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, said “The IARS Awards are not only a timely reminder of the challenges facing young people in today’s world; but also of the life- enhancing and positive response of so many...