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6th Research & Youth Leadership Awards 2019

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Celebrating youth participation and leadership in research and social problem-solving

Since 2012, IARS has been running its own annual awards aiming to celebrate and reward cutting edge research and youth leadership from around the world. The Awards began as a response to the 2011 riots. The aim of the awards is to recognise and reward  outstanding young people that contribute to our mission of a fairer society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving.

Following 5 consecutive successful Awards Ceremonies, IARS will maintain this tradition and once more celebrate young people who are making positive contributions to their communities in an Awards Ceremony that will be held on 28 May 2019 at Canada Water Theatre, London.

Chairs of the event

Jerome Burke (IARS Trustee)
Leo Robertson (Member of the IARS Youth Advisory Board)

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Theo Gavrielides (IARS’ Founder and Director)
Councillor Nick Johnson (Surrey Docks Ward, Liberal Democrats)
Sharniya Ferdinand (Business Inclusion Programme Coordinator, Commercial & Private Banking, NatWest)
Robert Posner (Director, 5Rights Foundation)
Bridget Galloway (Southwark Council)
Sue Sanders (Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute, Chair of Schools OUT UK, Founder LGBT History Month UK & The Classroom)
Eva de Luis Eurodesk – Erasmus + UK National Agency

The Awards are open to children, young people, adults and organisations. You do not need to be based in the UK.It can be an ongoing or a completed piece of work. You do not need to have worked with IARS. However, your contribution to IARS mission & vision must be identifiable through examples and where possible, evidence.

Nominations for 6 categories are now open to the public; calling on individuals and organisations to put forward young individuals with inspiring and leadership credentials. Self-nominations are also accepted. We will welcome submissions from UK and non UK based young people and organisations that showcase their contribution to IARS mission & vision. All categories and awards criteria can be found below. Nominations should be submitted by 21st May 2019. All nominations will be scrutinised by the IARS Youth Advisory Board.

The theme for this year’s awards is young people who make a difference to their communities; through projects, movements or business. 

We want to hear from young people aged 15 – 25 who have done something amazing this year – whatever it may be. We’ve kept our categories broad so that we can capture a variety of outstanding work that is happening thanks to young people, everywhere.

The categories are:

The Peacemaker of the Year

The Community Leader Award

The Youth Research Project Award

The Youth Digital Award

The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award 

The Partnership Award of the Year

Annual IARS Research and Youth Leadership Awards

On the 6th August 2011 and over 5 days, England experienced some of the most serious street disturbances and riots of the last decades. IARS and the young people running the youth-led 99% Campaign worked hard with communities to help heal some of the harm done. Through various initiatives and with the support of various agencies such as Metro, TFL, and the Major of London, they helped counter-balance some extremist views that were expressed in the media, and political debates.

Using the 2011 riots as our starting point, the IARS Research and Leadership awards were set up to celebrate, remember and reward the young people and the initiatives involving young people that help us deliver our wider vision for a society where everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving.