Past Contributors

Volunteer Journalist Ben


Hi, I’m Ben and I’ll be writing on topical issues affecting young people with a view to offering a fresh perspective, hopefully with the help of your input. I’m currently in my last year of Sixth Form and have recently been through the traumatic experience that was the university application process, so I’ll be particularly focusing on that area if only as a means of therapy!


Hi my name is Denise and I’m 22. I’m very interested in the Criminal Justice System and the way that individuals can bring about social change. I would like to help empower young people to talk about issues surrounding youth and to make their voices heard by society. I have a lot of passion for Dance and I have trained in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz and House. I enjoy travelling and I like going to the theatre and listening to music.


My name is Calvin McLeish and I am 22 years old. Current Affairs stimulates my pursuits, and consequently led me to the ‘99% Campaign’. Unfortunately, the youth voice is an oppressed one within the media, and so needs support in order to generate a drive that will cultivate youth awareness. Currently my status as student has morphed into volunteer-junkie. At present, I canvass for the ‘Labour Party’, volunteer as administrator at the ‘Big Issue Foundation’, and towards the near future, will be a Service Desk Representative for the ‘Metropolitan Police’. “Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing” (Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900).


I am a theatre graduate with experience in community theatre & theatre with young offenders I have recently been working with NACRO and volunteering for IARS, researching serious youth violence on the London Transport Network. I am particularly interested in art practices in prisons, young people in London and the criminal justice system. I also love being outside, Batman,photography, minstrels and making people laugh.



I am studying Product Design and currently I’m working on my self-initiated project which is about how design can challenge the preconceptions surrounding youths. I am looking at how the news media demonise youth and cause the application/production of stereotypes. I think that it is important to talk about the representation of youth, especially in regards to media, as so many people base their own opinion on what the media report, be it true or false. I designed all of the branding for the 99% blog, I hope you like it!



Natasha is interested in politics, art, culture, current affairs and social issues as well as legal research and human rights. She has recently become more interested in equality, youth justice and prison law in the UK. Since discovering her passion for journalism and interviewing people she has become a volunteer and contributor to IARS and the 99% blog. Natasha also has her own blog:


Andrew is a student and a serene yet passionate observer of human rights developments continually unfolding around the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa. He has been all about seizing the moment and living life to its fullest. From living as an American in Syria to volunteering in the South Pacific and skydiving over the Fiji Islands he enjoys maximising his opportunities as they come. He’s a human rights fanatic and enjoys sharing ideas and opinions with others and loves learning about different subject matters and taking on new challenges.


I am very interested in human rights, justice and gender studies. I have a passion for journalism, writing and for working for the non-profit sector. I have also studied music and I love playing the piano and singing. In my free time, I enjoy writing for my own blog, singing in a choir, watching films and listening to music.




Martha Everitt is a playwright and screenwriter with an interest in issues of social inequality. In 2012 her short play “March” was produced and she spent some time training under the BBC. She uses writing as a tool to affect social and political engagement, primarily among young people.


Hi readers! My name is Montse. I am half journalist and half graphic designer and the media is my passion. My hobbies are photography and traveling. I am involved in the 99% Campaign project because I want to feel more alive being the voice of  young people.


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Ana-Sofia is currently on a gap year, having survived the grueling exams of Upper Sixth. With her International Baccalaureate out the way, she now has the time to pursue her interest in journalism and write about politics and international relations; particularly focusing on South America, gender issues and education. After the new year, she will begin work abroad, mostly in South America, which she hopes will give her new perspectives on the challenges facing young people and, crucially, on how these issues can best be confronted.


Hi everyone! My name is Ruth Martin. I’m a Journalist graduate of the University of Madrid (Spain). I came to the UK to have a chance in my field. So I’m currently working for IARS because young people need a chance,they need to be heard. We are the new generation, a generation in touch with the world. Would you like to join us?