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IARS Research and Youth Leadership awards 2015

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 3 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 18 November 2015 at the Canada Water Culture Space, Southwark in London. Book your free ticket here .

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.

The Winners for 2015 are :

14 inspirational young people and projects from up and down the UK were awarded in 7 categories, designed carefully to cover a broad area of truly youth-led projects, skills and competences, supported by leading businesses and organisations across the UK.

Winner: Eloise Peabody Rolf – The ‘Volunteer’s Perspective’ of the Hampshire Community Peer Court programme

Runner Up: Karolina Kombert: Young people, homelessness, UK welfare reform and food poverty in Scotland, published in the Youth Voice Journal.

  • Community Leader Award – Sponsored by  Community Action Southwark

Winners: Kike Ibikunle and Ijeoma Datha-Moore for their contributions to the Just for Kids Law team as volunteers and ambassadors.

Runner Up: Jack Samuel David Wilson for his exemplar campaigning work to raise awareness about young peoples’ mental health issues and to tackle stigma that incur.

Winner: Suleman Amad

Runner Up: Mathios Sirak and Ashna Zabair

The Peacemaker of the Year Award this year marks the celebrations of Restorative Justice Week 2015! Read the winners’ stories here.

Winner: Camden Youth Action Showcase: A showcase programme of 13 short films directed by young people and presented at a youth–led event in March 2015.

Runner Up: Domino Effect: NEET Photography Project

Domino Effect’ was a three-year project engaging NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training) young people in photography workshops, led by professional photographers. Supported by The Dorset Foundation, the project aimed to remove barriers to participation in arts and culture for 14-21 year olds who were NEET, through working in a sustained way with two different community partners each year, drawn from local boroughs Southwark, Lambeth, Camden and Westminster.

  • 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award – Sponsored by the IARS International Institute

Winner: Maya Oppenheim for her article: Racist Guards and the Myth of Radicalisation: What it’s like being a Muslim in British Prison

Runner Up: Harry Blain for his article: Searching for alternatives: restorative justice and why it matters young people

  • Partnership of the Year Award – Sponsored by Beyond Me

Winner: Living Streets Move Makers Project –  Living Streets’ Move Makers project ran for six months in partnership with five special educational needs schools (SEN) in Tyne and Wear with 53 young disabled people aged 14-19. This was funded by Schools Go Smarter, of the Go Smarter Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme for Tyne and Wear.  Living Streets empowered the students to become leaders and create five unique student led campaigns to tackle the barriers to active school travel for young disabled people.

Runner Up: We Stand Together –  GemArts, The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council  partnership – We Stand Together was developed by three partner organisations based in Gateshead, North East England, with the aim to engage secondary school pupils in creative participant led sessions exploring discrimination and hate crime topics. To increase the impact of the project participants created resources which can now be shared, a poster campaign and an animation.

  • Special Contribution Award – presented by the IARS International Institute

Arti Lad and Faisal Kassim received the Special Contribution Award for their contributions to our work.

 

The Community Leader Award

Who is the award for? For the young person aged 13-25 who has shown true leadership by helping and inspiring others to contribute to their community and deliver IARS’ vision for a society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving. The successful candidate should fulfil the following criteria:

  • The young person has demonstrated that they have led others to participate in social problem solving;
  • The young person provides examples of how others have been encouraged to contribute to their communities as a result of their activities.
  • The young person shows determination in leading others in their community to tackle a specific social issue.

Prize: A day shadowing a professional in the charitable sector in the area of their choice

Sponsored by Community Action Southwark

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The Peacemaker of the Year Award

Who is this award for? Originally created to recognise the efforts of those who strove to counteract the consequences from the August 2011 riots in England, this award is for a young person (aged 13-25) who has made a significant contribution to the community by helping victims of crime overcome the stress and trauma they have suffered, reducing conflict and harm by promoting healing through the use of restorative justice principles and processes, or by working with other individuals to create a positive image of young people in the UK. The successful candidate should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Has demonstrated how their activities have made a positive impact in the community, supported victims to overcome troubling life experiences, or promoted the use of restorative justice principles and practices Has carried out activities which promote youth activism;
  • Has demonstrated leadership potential and has played a key role in achieving IARS’ vision for a society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving

Prize: Voucher of £75 and a selection of publications on restorative justice

                                                                            Supported by: Restorative Forum

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The Youth Research Project Award

Who is the award for? For the project that has produced new research that has made a significant contribution to IARS’ vision for a society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving. Nominations on best research projects can also be made by choosing papers from IARS’ Youth Voice Journal. The successful project should fulfill the following criteria:

  • The research must focus on an area of youth policy or an issue affecting young people with bonus points for projects that have involved young people in the research process.
  • The project has undertaken action research, promoting participation of the community.
  • The research is independent, credible, focused and current.
  • The project has contributed to research which forms a solid evidence base for policy makers in the UK or in Europe.
  • The research has fed into wider debate on the topic.

 Supported by Buckinghamshire New University

Prize: Voucher of £100 and a selection of publications

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Youth Digital Award

Who is the award for? For the young person (aged 13-25)who has produced any form of multimedia content that covers youth topics.  Check out the 99% Campaign Prezis for some inspiration on using/producing multimedia content here and here. The successful submission should fulfill the following criteria:

  • The material promotes or documents a youth related issue through digital storytelling i.e. photo gallery, short video, podcast etc.;
  • The information is relevant, timely, accurate and addresses an issue[s] affecting young people in the UK;
  • The piece shows a personal take on youth issues and demonstrates creativity.

PRIZE: 1 month internship at Adroit Accountax LTD – a London-based leading accountancy company specialising in the Contractor & Freelancer market.

 Supported by Adroit Accountax LTD

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The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award

Who is the award for? For the young person (aged 13-25) who has shown the most journalistic endeavour in their submission to the 99% Campaign blog. The successful submission should fulfill the following criteria:

  • The piece addresses an issue/story in an original way;
  • Depth and quality of the research;
  • The information is relevant, timely, accurate and addresses an issue[s] affecting young people in the UK;
  • The subject matter fits the key message of the campaign; promoting a more positive image of young people;
  • The piece has the potential to spark debate amongst young people

 Supported by Rhoden Publishing

PRIZE: An internship at Rhoden Publishing – A leading full-service media design and publishing company based in London.

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The Partnership Award of the Year

Who is the award for? For a public or private and third sector partnership project that has worked effectively with young people to actively involve them in social problem solving and/or enabled them to influence decision-making processes.   Joint or multiple organisational applications are accepted. The successful partnership should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated how they have acted as a partnership that supports young people to shape decision making processes and/or contribute to social problem solving.
  • Forged a partnership that aims to make society fairer and more inclusive and share best practice.
  • Forged a partnership which encourages the active participation of young people in the broader community.

Prize: Networking and scaling up opportunities for the winning project and partners

 Supported by Beyond Me

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