The IARS International Institute

Youth Empowerment Project (YEP)

To deliver high-quality volunteering opportunities to young people aged 16-25. The opportunities are aimed at marginalised groups of young people (disabled, BAME, LGBT, those at risk of offending). Our aim is to empower these young people to carry out youth-led research and influence policy.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 April 2008 to 12:00 PM, 1 March 2011

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1124590)

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  • I feel that I am finally part of a group with a positive objective that means something to me"

    — Kash (volunteer, age 22)

  • I feel that I am finally part of a group with a positive objective that means something to me"

    — Kash (volunteer, age 22)

Situation

Marginalised young people often face many barriers from being active citizens in society, which includes having their voice heard at the policy table. These problems are often based around the inequalities they face from being part of certain groups (disabled, LGBT, BAME, offenders, ex-offenders). When these young people are not represented in policy making further inequality becomes embedded in society. It is this problem that the YEP seeks to change.

Solution

Our project provides training, support and facilitation to young people to engage with the issues that affect their daily lives and to feel empowered about civic engagement. YEP activities focus on youth engagement and providing policy makers with youth-led recommendations based on sound evidence. In this way young people will be acting to improve theirs and other’s lives through influencing the policies and practices that impact on them i.e. policing, education, democratic engagement.