As the new academic year approaches we are looking to kickstart several new youth programmes here at 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 September, 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.

If a specific project is more your thing, we are also looking to recruit 10 young carers to be the driving force behind our "Young Carers Matter" project. Young Carers Matter is 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. It 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. The project aims at providing tailored services to the marginalised young carers from BAME background to break the barriers to employment and career development. To achieve this objective, the project will adopt IARS’s youth- led methodology that empowers youth to manage, deliver and monitor its outcomes. Over a period of 12 months, the project aims to:

- create a network of Southwark Council, local service providers (private, voluntary and public sectors) and employers.

- provide accredited training to 100 local BAME young carers

- provide youth-led, CPD accredited training to 200 local stakeholders

- spreading information to at least 5,000 relevant stakeholders nationally.

If you are interested in applying, please email contact@iars.org.uk with your CV and cover letter outlining your area of interest.