The IARS International Institute joined key representatives in the field of youth research, policy and practice from across Europe in the  Expert Seminar  that took place on the30th – 2nd October at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg that aimed  to ‘map the barriers to social inclusion for young people in vulnerable situations’, a unique pan-European study that looks into the broader aspects of social inclusion taking into account both structural and individual factors that lead to social exclusion. 

IARS  showcased their work as a good example of practice in promoting the voices of vulnerable young people and supporting them to achieve change from the ground. The expert seminar, organised by the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth (EU – CoE youth partnership). The output of the expert seminar will feed into the study and will further be translated into recommendations for youth policy and youth work across Europe.

IARS, who was initially founded as a youth–led pan-European Network and kindly supported by the Erasmus+ grant, has developed a series of strategic aims in response to the European 2010-18 Youth Strategy.

Following these strategic aims, more than 300 face to face and 3,000 online volunteering opportunities are offered to young people across UK and Europe with particular emphasis to those from under-represented and marginalized communities, with main focus to empower and enable them to influence, shape and inform policy and practices that affect them.

Key activities including participation at the IARS Research and Youth Leaderships Awards, getting involved in IARS' governance through the Youth Advisory Board, engaging with the media, online blogs, volunteering and internships will be presented at the seminar as case studies.

To view the case studies please follow the links below

Case studies that will be presented

To view the presentation please follow the link http://www.iars.org.uk/sites/default/files/Mapping the barriers.ppt 

Launch of the report  Mapping the barriers to social inclusion for young people in vulnerable situations in Malta

The role of youth work in supporting young people in vulnerable situations were discussed at an international conference that  took place on the 25th 28th November in Malta. The Conference entitled "Beyond Barriers" was organised by the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth (EU CoE youth partnership) and  presented and debated the results of Mapping the barriers to social inclusion for young people in vulnerable situations’, a pan European study commissioned by the EU - CoE youth partnership that looks into the broader aspects of social inclusion taking into account both structural and individual factors that lead to social exclusion.

IARS and the 99% Campaign, represented by its Projects Coordinator for Youth Andre Demushi and the Campaign’s Manager Andriana Ntziadima joinen a pool of representatives from over 40 countries from across Europe and overseas, in the field of youth research, policy and practice at this international event that aimed to better understand the barriers that young people are facing in their effort to participate in the society as citizens as well as the mechanisms that lead to exclusion with a view to revert and overcome them in the best interst of young people.

IARS and the 99% Campaign shared their experiences in working with vulnerable young people in the UK and  showcased the work of IARS and the 99% Campaign and the challenges that they face in promoting the voices of young people and achieving social change from the bottom up.