The IARS International Institute in partnership with the youth-led 99% Campaign mark the celebration of International Youth Day 2016 by announcing their 5th Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2016. The International Youth Day was set up in December 1999 following the United Nations General Assembly’s endorsement of the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998). Since then, it is celebrated annually on the 12th August and serves as a celebration of the role of young people as essential partners in social change.

In this spirit, the IARS Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2016, now in its 5th year, aspire to celebrate, empower and reward remarkable young people and their youth initiatives locally, nationally and internationally that aim to contribute to our mission and vision and lay the foundations of youth civic engagement. 

Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of the IARS International Institute said: "We are very pleased to open these awards once again. We started them on the back of the riots to counter argue that young people are not the problem in our modern, individualised societies and to raise the mirror of responsibility where we can and should. This is IARS and the 99% campaign's mantra and mandate, and we hope that this year the awards will be bigger than ever".

Call for Nominations

Individuals and organisations are invited to nominate young people with leadership credentials, genuine youth-led initiatives and aspiring youth projects that generated positive outcomes for their communities for the following categories;

  1. The Community Leader Award
  2. The Peacemaker of the Year Award
  3. The Youth Research Project Award
  4. Youth Digital Award
  5. The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award
  6. The Partnership Award of the Year

Winners will be announced on the 8th December 2016 at a special Awards Ceremony that will take place at the Roxy Bar and Screen venue in Central London in presence of high profile representatives of youth sector. If you wish to attend the event please book your free place here.

Winners will be offered cash prizes, experiential and career development opportunities including placements and internships with UK leading NGOs and private companies. 

Nominations should be submitted by 31st October 2016 via completing an online form that can be found here or via email at

We will welcome submissions from UK and non UK based young people and organizations that showcase their contribution to IARS' mission & vision.

All nominations will be scrutinized by the IARS Youth Advisory Board.

History of the Awards

The Awards were established by Theo Gavrielides in August 2012, and date back to when England experienced some of the most serious riots of the last decades. Organised and supported by IARS, young people aimed to recognize the initiatives and the hard work of the young people in their communities to heal some of the harm done.

Call for Sponsors

This year, the IARS International Institute kindly supported by local and international institutions including the Southwark Council Youth Service and the European Commission through the Erasmus+  aims to create even more opportunities for young people to shape their communities and society. If you are interested in supporting our efforts and sponsoring the awards please contact Andriana Ntziadima - You also welcome your support via BIG GIVE .

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