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Every year, hundreds of young people, everyday people, frontline staff and managers in public services do their bit to help us deliver our vision & mission.IARS’ mission is to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. We have a vision of a society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving.

awards2012_posterOn the 6th of August 2011 and over 5 days, England experienced some of the most serious street disturbances and riots of the last decades. IARS and the young people running the youth-led 99% Campaign worked hard with communities to help heal some of the harm done. Through various initiatives and with the support of various agencies such as METROTFL, the Mayor of London,MPS, CPS, they helped counter-balance some extremist views that were expressed in the media, and political debates. They helped promote positive stories and connect service providers with communities. Together we run a poster campaign on all London tube stations, adverts onMETRO and delivered thousands of volunteering opportunities. Click here for some of the stories the young people posted on the 99% website. Click here to read our piece in the Guardian.

Using the 2011 riots as our starting point, the IARS Research & Leadership annual Awards were set up to celebrate, remember and reward people and initiatives that helped us deliver our mission. We want the community to believe in itself and take leadership over their own problems and solutions. The awards are national but international submissions and sponsors are accepted.

Who should enter and how?

The Awards are open to children, young people, adults and organisations – see categories below. You do not need to be based in the UK, but your work must have been carried out between 6 August 2011 – 5 August 2012. 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.

Shortlisting has already started. If you would like to be considered please email by 20:00, Friday 27th July contact@iars.org.uk with the following information: (1) Full contact details (2) Chosen Award Category (3) One page description of the work you would like to be considered for (4) the Name of a referee. Self-nominations are accepted.

Award Ceremony & Judging Process

As a user-led organisation, the IARS team will work closely with its users and especially young volunteers and interns to identify the Award winners.

The Award Ceremony will take place during the week of the riots on the 9th August 2012Entry is free and from 18:00. The venue is The Dog House, 293 Kennington Road, Lambeth, London SE11 6BY.

To reserve your place email events@iars.org.uk or call 020 7820 0945. Places are limited.

What you should expect to receive

The award winners will be informed in advance to attend the Ceremony where they will receive from IARS Diretor, Dr. Gavrieldies, the following:

  • A Framed Certificate signed by the partners
  • Opportunities for mentorining, internrships and personal development (see below)
  • Coverage in the media including radio, national press and IARS publications.

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99% Campaign Award winner Vincent Sam

Award Categories

1. The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award

For the young person (below 25) who has written the most debated article on the 99% Campaign blog website. Click here for some of the stories they posted.


Sponsored by METRO

Prize: intersnhip at a top Comms/ media agency, appearance in various press and media and 99% campaign young journalist internship

2. The IARS Researcher Award

For the researcher who produced new research that made a significant contribution to IARS’ mission & vision. Groups of researchers can also be nominated.

Sponsored by the Social Action Research Foundation (SARF) & IARS

Prize: Annual subscription to Youth Voice Journal internship at SARF and/or IARS, mentoring by SARF Director and various opportunities to carry out research and get involved in SARF’s programmes. The winner wil also be able to publish their research in IARS’ Youth Voice Journal 

3. The Peacemaker of the Year Award

For the individual who has made a significant contribution to counteract the consequences from the August 2011 riots in England and bring restoration, peace and healing.

Sponsored by Khulisa

Prize: tailored internship at Khulisa, mentoring by its Director and various opportunities to get involved in Khulisa’s programmes.

4. The Community Leader Award

For the individual who has shown true leadership by helping and inspiring others to contribute to their community and deliver IARS’ mission & vision.

Sponsored by NEPOMAK UK and LGR 103.3 FM

Prize: Interview/ discussion of the winner’s experiences on NEPOMAK’s LGR radio show & a dinner & careers discussion with NEPOMAK’s President, Mr. Peter Charalabous

5. The Partnership Award of the Year

For the organisation or group that has demonstrated excellent ethos and practice while working with others towards delivering IARS’ mission. Joint or multiple organisational applications are accepted.

Sponsored by Buckinghamshire New University – IDRICS

Prize: Annual subscription to Youth Voice Journal , “Promising Researcher Fellowships” at IDRICS (BNU) and the opportunity to appear in BNU and IARS media channels, mentoring by IDRICS and IARS’ Directors

Sponsors & Partners

The Awards are delivered in partnership with the 99% Campaign. They are endorsed by the Home Office and sponsored by:

The awards initiative is supported through the Big Lottery Fund IARS project London Youth Now and the Youth in Action EU programme. We are also grateful to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) for their in-kind support and endorsement.

IARS would like to hear from anyone interested in sponsoring any of the Award categories. We are also keen to hear from individuals and organisations interested in carrying out the Awards initiative in partnership with us. Get in touch with IARS’ Director, Dr. Theo Gavrielides to find out more.