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Submit your Nomination for the 5th IARS Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2016

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 4 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 8 December 2016 at the Roxy Bar and Screen, 128 – 132 Borough Street, SE1 1LB. Book your free ticket here .

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Theo Gavrielides (IARS' Founder and Director)

Mr. Neil Coyle MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark Rt.

Hon Lord McNally (Chair of the Youth Justice Board)

Charlie Spencer (Youth Services, Southwark Council)

Stephen Greene (Chair of the National Citizens Service Trust)

The full agenda can be found at iars-research-and-youth-leadership-awards-agenda

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 here. Nominations should be submitted by 13th November 2016. All nominations will be scrutinised by the IARS Youth Advisory Board.

You can view below all the available categories and the prizes offered and submit your application via the online form below.

To submit a nomination for  the 99% Campaign Young Journalist Awards please provide us with a hyperlink to the article or email your full article to using the reference: Youth Journalist Award

Should you have any questions please email

Submission form



Nominees’ Name



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What category you are applying for:

Why your specified nominee deserves an Award (max 500 words):

If you don’t nominate yourself please provide us with your
a. name
b. email address
c. contact number


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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 UpRising’s Deputy Chief Executive  – Sam Williams.

Kindly Supported by UpRising, a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation with mission to open pathways to power for talented young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds


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: £100 voucher and one week of work experience at Catch22.

The prize is kindly offered by Catch22.


*The type of programme will be agreed with the winner/s in order to be tailored to their needs.

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. 

 Prize: £100 cash prize and access to the Young Fabian’s “A perfect week in Politics” initiative that offers the opportunity to young people to spend a full week in Parliament.

Kindly supported by Young Fabians – The Young Fabians are the under 31s section of Britain’s oldest left-wing think tank, the Fabian Society. Since the 1960s, the Young Fabians and their ideas have set the political agenda and changed our country for the better. And as the UK’s only think tank run by and for young people More information about the Young Fabians can be found here.

Young Fabians

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: A day at Cyber London offices, the Europe’s first cyber security accelerator and incubator space.

Kindly supported by  Cyber London  is a hub for the cyber security companies of tomorrow. Cyber London’s accelerator programme offers some of Europe’s most promising entrepreneurs the training necessary to build and grow a successful cyber security company. Alongside an intensive professional curriculum, Cyber London’s participants also receive personal guidance and support from an accomplished network of mentors.  Cyber London’s programme culminates with a Demo Day, allowing participants to present their products, progress and potential to a range of partners and investors. More information about Cyber London can be found here.


The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award

Who is the award for? For the young person (aged 13-25)  who has produced a high quality written piece (article/blog) that raises a social issue relevant to young people and showcases journalistic endeavour in their work.

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

Prize: The awarded article will win a high street gift voucher of £100 and the article will be published on the 99% Campaign website. 

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: The winner will receive £100 cash prize and a week placement with Cospa will be offered to one of the members of the project team/partner.

The prize is kindly offered by Cospa – Cospa’s approach is about ‘solving problems worth solving’ in creative, compelling ways which   delight government, charities and causes, and generate rich business, marketing and social responsibility opportunities for companies and brands. More information about Cospa can be found here.