Communities join forces to celebrate and reward our inspirational young people and their work

The IARS International Institute in partnership with the 99% Campaign are pleased to announce their 6th Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards that took place on 28th May 2019, 6pm at the Canada Water Theatre21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR.

 6th IARS  Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards Ceremony 2019

Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director, said: “We have seen in the last recent year a concerning increase of discrimination, racism and hate crimes on a local, national and international level. As we head into the uncertainties of Brexit, the message of uniting and importance of addressing social inclusion is what we at IARS see as an opportunity for action. Led by the youth and for the youth, our 6th awards ceremony sends out a reassuring global message to young people who are often ignored by political fiascos”.

For the 6th consecutive year, this unique youth-led event brought together local communities to celebrate and reward aspiring young leaders and their projects who strengthen and unite their communities. The event placed emphasis on promoting equal opportunities to young people from under-representative backgrounds for social action and participation and recognizing their talents and commitment.

Simon Goldhill, Trustee of IARS said “one of the reasons I wanted to become involved in IARS was due to its commitment to justice to young people. Justice can only be delivered where the environment allows its measured processes to take root. So, the starting point for many of those of areas of societies in which we look to work is peace. Young people are often dragged into conflicts created by their elders and to have the nominees for this award leading their efforts to create peace is truly awe-inspiring”.

Speaking at the awards ceremony were a number of high-profile individuals from businesses, research and policy fields including Liberal democrat councilor Nick Johnson of Surrey Dock Ward, Sharniya Ferdinand – Business Inclusion Program Coordinator, Commercial and Private Banking, NatWest, Robber Posner – Director of 5Rights Foundation, Sue Sanders – Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute, Chair of Schools OUT UK, Founder of LGBT History Month UK and The Classroom and Eva De Luis – Eurodesk, Erasmus and UK National Agency.

Alongside receiving an award, recipients were also presented with special prizes for each of the six award categories. These included an internship with RJ4All, mentoring with leading experts and private companies, a one to one session with leading market entrepreneur and business leader Simon Goldhill.  Keeping the audience entertained with her thought-provoking songs was Antiqu’e a well-renowned expressionist, songwriter, singer and performing artist.

Highlighting the importance of such award ceremonies for young people like himself, Mark Tsagas, research associate at IARS said “The youth awards are more than just a set of awards. They are a gateway to future possibilities allowing young people to express their views uninhibited and free with the ultimate goal being the betterment of society”.

A special feature of this year’s event was the 4th edition of the 99% Campaign Magazine, an established youth-led initiative which provides a platform for young people to express their views on issues affecting their daily lives.

For more information contact: Preeti Bali, IARS Communications Associate at bali.preetii@gmail.com or on +44 (0) 7833224442

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Naomi Lunguma, Member of IARS Youth Advisory Board and winner of the The Peacemaker of the Year award said “this awards ceremony is important because it regognises the achievements and talents of young people, it is an honour to have been awarded peacemaker of the year award.

Notes to Editors

The IARS International Institute is user-led and user-focused charity with a mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. Since its inception, the Institute has been providing world-class and cutting-edge educational, research, policy and networking services of local, national and international significance. We are focused on empowering the most marginalized communities through direct service delivery, while enabling organizations to achieve measure and improve their social impact. We are experts in the fields of Youth | Equalities | Justice.

To find out more about the IARS International Institute please follow the link www.iars.org.uk

About the 99% Campaign

The 99% Campaign is a youth-led initiative that aims to dispel negative stereotypes of young people, and promote their involvement in decision-making processes and civic life. The campaign is hosted by the IARS International Institute (IARS), an independent think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society

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