IARS' Young London Today newsletter showcases best practice in involving young people in the promotion of social cohesion. Specifically targeted at London based public and voluntary sector organisations, the newsletter explores local activities that exist in order to tackle specific social cohesion issues.
All stories featured in the newsletter demonstrate how young people involved in such activities can make a positive difference to the communities in which they live and how they can help to transform complex social problems. Each newsletter features a case study written by a young person reflecting on a project or service in their local area which they feel is contributing something positive to the local community by engaging effectively with young people.
Ajla Siljak, a young intern from Sarajevo, Bosnia contributed to the second issue of the newsletter. In her article Ajla explores her thoughts on youth engagement opportunities in Sarajevo and in London, specifically focussing on the Young Mayors scheme in Tower Hamlets. The newsletter also features a round up of activities from the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) to the Serious Youth Violence Board (SYVB) who are undertaking an important piece of youth-led research into youth violence at transport hubs after school hours. A number of informative and relevant news updates are also featured in the newsletter.
To view the second edition of the Young London Today please click here.