6th Research & Youth Leadership Awards 2019

[ Awards 2019 Awards 2016 Awards 2015 Awards 2014 Awards 2013 Awards 2012 Sponsors & Supporters 2019 Celebrating youth participation and leadership in research and social problem-solving The IARS International Institute is delighted to announce the nominees and winners of the 6th Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards! The Community Leader Award Nominees: Nazreen Khan, Nicholas Nicou, Nathalie Grigorenko, Alda Daci, Leila Omari Winner: Nicholas Nicou The Partnership of the Year Award Nominees: Simon Whiteley and the Tideway Organisation,  The Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) Winner: The Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) The Peacemaker of the Year Award Nominees: Mohamed Abdelwahab, Student Organization Cuuna of Cambridge University, 4Front Project, Our Future – Our Choice Youth Organisation, LeapConflict Organization & Naomi Lunguma Winner: Naomi Lunguma The Youth Research Project Award Nominees: Ancient House Teenage History Club, Victoria Pérez Fernández, Aidan Chase-McCarthy, Laura de Nuzzo, Bizzie Bodies Winner: Aidan Chase-McCarthy The Youth Digital Award Nominees: Sanjeev Sandhu, Bizzie Bodies, Gal-Dem Magazine  Winner: Sanjeev Sandhu The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award Nominees: Preetii Bali, Calum Paton, Girum Chala Winner: Calum Paton Since 2012, the IARS International Institute 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. Their aim is to recognise and reward outstanding young people and projects 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...

Drop-In Project Update

Drop-In is an e-training and networking platform that helps train young people that do not have proper degrees. Each course is tailored to the exact needs of the young person who is taking it. Additionally, it will supply these young people with the contacts of companies that are hiring. It is easy to manage and can be done on the young person’s own time. Plus, since it is offered in many countries, it is easy for young people to travel the world as well as take their online courses. For the week of November 12-16 2018, the third partner meeting for the Drop-In Project was held in Bucharest, Romania. The training project was attended by members of all five project partners including KMOP (Greece), InEuropa (Italy), CARDET (Cyprus), The Schottener Foundation (Romania) and IARS (UK). Project partners came together to discuss the situations and challenges faced by early school leavers (ESLs) and current practices being implemented to combat ESL marginalisation in each of the respective countries. With the introduction of programmes such as the Drop-In project, young people can feel empowered to take control of their future by gaining skills they may not have learned on their own or in previous education. The Drop-In Project is now in its’ second year of implementation and the launch of the e-Learning platform is nearly ready to be completed. Starting in December 2018, the platform will be accessible to ESL individuals in each of the five countries. These individuals will complete a set of nine modules related to personal development, critical thinking, problem solving, career planning, and much more. Once all nine...

A REFLECTION OF MY FIRST WORK TRIP ABROAD

Warm greetings to my fellow young people, as well as other readers! I would like to share with you my experience as I went abroad for my first work trip at the The IARS International Institute. Recently, I had the tremendous fortune of travelling to and attend the Promyse staff training event in Vilnius, Lithuania. This took place as part of a short-term staff training event put on through IARS International institute among other representative, including Diesis COOP based in Belgium, Diversity Development Group in Vilnius, ICSE & Co in Italy and finally, KMOP in London. All teams came together to discuss Promyse – a project that was founded by the European commission, with the objective to promote social entrepreneurship in the health and social care sector. The whole journey was an unreal experience and greatly expanded my own perspective on the world, youth engagement and of the increasing importance of social enterprise. My fellow colleague, Natalia and I met at Liverpool Street Station to get the train to Stansted Airport. Upon arriving at the hotel at 1am, we retired for the night and prepared ourselves for the busy week ahead. On our first day, we all ushered into the meeting room where we would experience our first encounter with the rest of the team and prepared for the introduction and team building, along with the social networking. Towards the evening, we had a relaxed walk around the beautiful city of Vilnius. There is a variety of Soviet architecture in the city and remarkable buildings like the Seimas Palace which is a symbol of resistance of the Lithuanian nation...
Celebrating European Youth Week by Changing Mind-sets

Celebrating European Youth Week by Changing Mind-sets

1-7 May is European Youth Week, and the IARS International Institute, the leading UK youth-led social policy charity is pleased to disseminate the findings from the 5th IARS Annual International Conference: Youth-led Solutions to Unemployment, the Voices of young marginalised carers” which was held on the 27th April 2017. The Erasmus+ co-funded conference, hosted at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London, brought together 110 international delegates including young people with caring responsibilities to explore together organic youth-led solutions for policy and practice. The event was chaired by Simon Israel (IARS Patron and senior Home Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News) and Dr. Theo Gavrielides (Founder and Director, IARS International Institute).  Watch them setting the scene for the conference. Professor Gavrielides said: “The UK may have said no to the European Commission, but Erasmus has said yes to our youth. As we celebrate European Youth Week and Parliament is dissolved today, I want to remind everyone where the future of this country and Europe lies. I look forward to continue working with our Institute’s members, users and supporters for building a stronger and more inclusive society for our youth, where “demos” is given real value through statements of truth and reality”. Watch the keynote speech of  Arti Lad, a BAME Young Carer and Member of the IARS Youth Advisory Board presenting her experiences as a young carer in the pursue of employment and education. Watch the keynote speech of Simon Chambers,  Programme Lead, Youth, Erasmus+, UK National Agency, British Council. The conference fostered discussions through workshops and panel debates that aimed to challenge the current discourse, and attitudes used and held among practitioners,...
International Question Time: Combating Hate Crime and Xenophobia through Restorative Justice: Reflections

International Question Time: Combating Hate Crime and Xenophobia through Restorative Justice: Reflections

Author: Gabriel Sanders, 99% Campaign team member and IARS Communications and Policy Intern On the evening of 13 April 2015, at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, some of the most accredited and acutely aware minds of United Kingdom academia gathered to discuss restorative justice and hate crimes, the issues closest to our hearts at IARS. The present writer from the University of California, Davis, was there as well as an unexpected but very fortunate participant. Surveying the room from my place on the panel, I took in the faces of men and women seated in the audience who hailed from widely varied academic and personal backgrounds. To my left sat the three distinguished panelists: hate crime expert Dr. Mark Walters of Sussex University, restorative justice Professor Marelize Schoeman from the University of South Africa, and of course Dr. Theo Gavrieledes, chair of the event and founder of IARS. Fashioning the event after the well-known Question Time T.V. programme, Dr. Gavrieledes guided the panelists through stimulating, hard-hitting questions from attendees of the event. Some were preselected by Dr. Gavrieledes and some were posed spontaneously by the audience. Questions ranged from topics addressing hate crime education in the UK and the US, to the role of religion in hate crimes and restorative justice, to the steps necessary for restorative justice to begin on a large scale between peoples and nations. As the least pedigreed member of the panel, I found myself answering questions in what I heard characterized as a bold, fresh, and even controversial perspective that seemed to complement the well-seasoned and long-researched theories of...