You_Ween Opportunities!

Project Summary 

 YOU_WEEN (YOUng Women grEen ENtrepreneurs) is a 2-year, Erasmus-funded, innovation-focused project aiming to give effective tools (such as educational videos, networking, and specialised training) to young women living in rural areas (or sustainable urban areas) to increase their employability, socio-educational development and personal development. 

Through the promotion of green thinking, raising awareness of sustainability, promoting ‘green’ development in rural/isolated areas or urban sustainability areas, exchanging good practices, providing expertise and knowledge for women, the project will promote entrepreneurship-education and activities amongst ‘green’ young women. 

The project is pan-european with partners from the UK (IARS), Poland, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Greece, and North Macedonia. The project start date is January 2020 and end date is December 2022. YOU_WEEN project partners aim to develop three ‘intellectual outputs’, which include a set of educational videos, a virtual interactive network and platform and an exploitation roadmap and guidelines for policy influence. 

 

Youth Workers/Trainers and Young Women 

 

For the youth workers and young women involved in this project, there are two opportunities for specialised entrepreneurial training in green/sustainable business, which depending on COVID-19, might be online or abroad (Poland/Lithuania). The first is in May 2021, where youth workers will undergo a five-day ‘train the trainer’ program (online or in Poland – with expenses paid), the second is for the young women, again for five days, in March 2022 (held in Lithuania – with expenses paid). 

 

During the project, ‘green’ young women will be directly involved in:

1) Grass-roots projects across Europe and meeting other green young women from around Europe

2) The creation and piloting of the European Virtual Interactive Network and educational videos

3) Training to develop entrepreneurial competences

4) Representing IARS as constituents of the Youth Board of the project and participating in all activities that will take place locally (attend meetings)

5) Project communications and dissemination as and when required e.g. featuring in educational videos 

 

The youth workers will be directly involved/trained in:

1) Coaching circles methodology as part of sustainable businesses ‘train the trainer’ 5-day program

2) YOU_WEEN non-formal training methodology for involving young women in local grass-roots projects

3) Use of the platform in order to follow the activities through blended learning

4) Coordinating the young women and supporting them in their development throughout the project

5) Project dissemination and communications as and when required e.g. featuring in educational videos 

We are an inclusive organisation, welcoming women who are trans-sexual/gender, disabled, and of any race, religion, class or background. However, this project is fundamentally young women-focused so we would ask for at least half of the youth workers to be female/identifying as female. The youth workers can be any age, but ‘young women’ must be adults between the ages of 19-30 years old. 

Youth workers and young women interested in being a part of this project need to ensure they can provide/have the following: 

  • A two-year commitment to the project (around 2-4 hours per month, with the exception of the five-day training sessions)
  • A sincere interest in gender equity, sustainability and sustainable businesses
  • An up-to-date CV and short letter of interest addressed to:

Sophie Nicholas at IARS (s.nicholas@iars.org.uk)

EMBARGOED 00:01 TUESDAY 8 MARCH 2022 

We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  

 

Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: director@iars.org.uk +44(0) 7833 224442  

Sculpt

www.sculptuk.org 

Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.