SOUTHWARK YOUTH NOW (SYN)

SYN addresses the following Southwark Youth Service Priorities:

Improve the quality, suitability and range of activities for young people and children and offer them recorded and accredited outcomes.

Engage more young people in education employment or training and support young people succeed as young adults.

Improve young people’s life chances and reduce anti-social behaviour and youth offending and teen conceptions.

The SYN project derives its name from IARS’ successful 5 year London Youth Now (LYN) project and emulates the proven and youth-evaluated project structure but with outputs tailored to the Southwark demographic in order to address the specific needs of the young people in Southwark. IARS will provide young people in Southwark with Volunteering opportunities, High Quality Internships and Accredited Training and Workshops. Because of SYN, young people in Southwark will:

The SYN project derives its name from IARS’ successful 5 year London Youth Now (LYN) project and emulates the proven and youth-evaluated project structure but with outputs tailored to the Southwark demographic in order to address the specific needs of the young people in Southwark. IARS will provide young people in Southwark with Volunteering opportunities, High Quality Internships and Accredited Training and Workshops. Because of SYN, young people in Southwark will:

  • Feel empowered, self-confident with personal goals and aspirations that will further increase their willingness to continue in formal education or pursue further training/employment preventing them from the risk of becoming NEET’s.
  • Acquired a set of soft skills including communications skills, public speaking, presentation and team work skills that will improve their educational performance in short term and their employability in the long term. The output of the activities will be certified so it will add to their employability.
  • Improved their understanding and knowledge about their rights as citizens at local and national level and their relationship/engagement with local authorities and public and other local bodies eg. Police, Housing Associations etc.
  • Improved their awareness about the work of Southwark Council and the services that are available to them and their families depending on their needs and requirements.
  • Present increased engagement with the services of the Council and willingness to explore more services and/or participate in local institutions such as becoming members of the Southwark Youth Council.

Southwark Youth Now is now recruiting a team of creative young people  that will work towards the development of the 99% Campaign Magazine. If you are interested in joining please follow this link for more information http://www.iars.org.uk/content/call_for_creative_volunteers 

If you are aged 13 – 19 and Live in Southwark and would like to get involved with the project –please contact Emily at e.lanham@iars.org.uk

In 2015, The IARS International Institute, with funding from the Southwark Council Youth Service, will deliver the SYN project under the Southwark Youth Service Commissioning Programme, 2015 -2017. During this period IARS will have worked with 356 young residents in Southwark, who are identified as vulnerable and marginalised communities and are more likely to be socially disengaged, through community-based, alternative educational and volunteering opportunities. Marginalised youth in Southwark will be empowered to become future leaders in their communities, while diverting them from harm and enhancing their employability and civic engagement, through community-based, alternative educational and volunteering opportunities. SYN will target vulnerable and marginalised young people, who are more likely to be disengaged, by placing them in activities specifically designed to provide them with the right opportunities so that they themselves will feel a real sense of personal development, and begin to tear down the barriers that they might face. SYN will place Southwark young people at the core of IARS’ work, which is on local, regional, national and international levels, meaning that Southwark youth will be allowed to think about issues and experience what goes on beyond their locality and thus be exposed to the activities that IARS as a leading international think-tank can engage them in, across all levels.

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.