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...

99% Campaign Magazine

The 4th Edition of the 99% Campaign Magazine is nearly here! We are extremely thrilled to announce that the 4th Edition of the 99th Campaign Magazine is on its way. The magazine ultimately aims to dispel any negative stereotypes of young people by providing them with a platform where they are able to express their thoughts and feelings freely. In this edition, our talented young writers focused on the very contemporary issues in today’s society such as Brexit and its lasting impact on young people. This publication enables young people to expound their standing concerns relating to employment, social care, education, or even the uncertainty of their residence status, as discussions on the extent to which Brexit will change our lives continue. This magazine also illustrates several ways in which young people can express their opinions and concerns to the wider public through mediums such as social...

Natwest: Skill Up Training Offer

“Skill Up” is one of the seven projects funded in London by NatWest’s Skills & Opportunities Fund and was shortlisted from 600 project submitted in England and Wales. Our final selection was confirmed following public vote after receiving thousands of votes in the region of London. The project officially started in October 2017, and is still on-going.  Dr Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of the IARS International Institute said, “The unstable political, economic and social environments have hit young people the hardest. As we look positively into the future, this timely project supported by NatWest will challenge stale thinking while directly empowering some of the most neglected youth to pursue their entrepreneurial skills. It is not often that we see this trust in youth-led project ideas, and for this we are grateful to the Skills & Opportunities Fund.” Since then, we have developed our training programme for young entrepreneurs which can be found here: www.iars.org.uk/training. It’s totally free and can offer a great insight into what it takes to start up a social enterprise. Once you complete the training you will have access to the mentor hub and the opportunity to gain feedback on your business...

Abused No More Training Courses

Online course for youth professionals This summer, the Abused No More partnership is very pleased to announce the launch of the CPD accredited interactive e-learning course “Abused No More: Safeguarding Youth and Empowering Professionals”. This e-tool aims to strengthen the skills and competences of youth professionals who are working with marginalised youth especially those who are facing exclusion and discrimination due to gender based-based abuse or their cultural backgrounds. Using real stories of young people, the course explores youth-led models of engagement and familiarise professionals with the concept of legal literacy as an empowerment tool for prevention of gender based discrimination and violence. Access the e-course Online course for young people The partnership also launched a short interactive online course for young people living in the UK and Europe. The course aims to increase young people’s awareness of gender based violence and discrimination with particular focus on female genital mutilation (FGM), honour based violence and forced marriage. The e-course includes additional resource and videos that will help young people to take action, get involved and share knowledge with their peers. Access the e-course  ...

The Civil Society Strategy: Engaging Young People

As a young person volunteering at the IARS International Institute, it is encouraging to see the how the Civil Society Strategy has emphasised the crucial role of young people in shaping the future of our society. The Strategy outlines government’s commitment to ensuring that all young people have opportunities to develop the skills, networks and resilience that can improve their life chances, fulfil their potential and to support them to avoid negative pathways in future. The Civil Society Strategy’s strengths certainly lie in the youth engagement and youth-led approaches. After reviewing the Strategy, it was exciting to see that the Strategy co-operates with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in developing proposals to help young people play their part. Some other highly positive aspects of the Strategy covered the youth voice commitments, the involvement of young people in policy design, and setting out three new youth voice projects, which are: A Civil Society Youth Steering Group set up within the DCMS to oversee the development and implementation of policies affecting young people, including the plans set out in the Civil Society Strategy. DCMS will also set up a national Young Commissioners and Inspectors Group to involve young people directly and meaningfully in the commissioning, monitoring and evaluation of national programmes affecting young people. With respect to future policy, the government will build systems to ensure that young people both have their views heard and are able to play a role in delivery. As a youth-led institute and expert in youth-led research, IARS has its own youth steering group – the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) – which...

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT & INNOVATION PROJECT (YEIP) ASSOCIATE

The IARS International Institute is pleased to announce a vacancy for an Associate to work on our Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP).  The post is offered under our IARS Associate Scheme, and the application deadline is 18thSeptember 13:00.  Successful candidates will be invited to a face-to-face / online interview during the same week for an immediate start. We have a simple online application process via this link https://www.iars.org.uk/content/IARSassociate The full Job Description and more detailed information about the role can be access via this link. The IARS Associate Scheme In July 2018, we launched a new Membership Plan, which invites our Platinum Members to join our Associates Scheme in order to enable us to develop close relationships with like-minded experts who are able to provide services to IARS on a consultancy basis. Applicants will need to be IARS members or commit to joining IARS at the interview stage. Who we are looking for We are looking for an ambitious Associate with experience in action research methods and with an interest in devising training tools for delivery in schools, universities, youth offending institutions and online. This is a key role that will work directly with the Director on IARS’ Youth Empowerment & Innovation Project, which aims to test new models for tacking youth violent radicalisation and marginalisation. The Role, the application process and our offer The post is offered on a consultancy basis via our Associates’ Scheme. To apply follow this link Our offer includes: 12 month consultancy contract (renewable and extendable depending on funding). £100 per day for 2 days (14 hours) per week. (Travel, subsistence and other expenses will be covered separately and with advance agreement with IARS). CPD...