Me, myself and IARS

I am a Human Service Studies and Psychology student from Elon University. I came to London the fall semester of my third year of college on my study abroad program. The main reason I chose to study in London was because of the Internship program they had. I had the opportunity to intern with IARS, which validated that choosing to intern abroad was not only the right choice, but an impactful one too.

I was extremely nervous on the first day of my internship, being in a new country and interning for the first time can be overwhelming. However, I was welcomed into IARS warmly by my supervisors Maija and Sophia and the rest of the team. Having welcoming supervisors and being at an organization that has a positive and supportive work culture makes the adjustment much easier. If I was ever concerned or had questions about a project I was working on I was answered quickly and with support. As a result, I was able to feel more comfortable in this environment which only enhanced my work and made me more eager to learn and research.

I worked on a variety of projects during my time at IARS. These ranged from creating future proof training sessions, to social media post ideas for queer migrants, to researching and compiling a list of businesses in the legal, insurance, and technology sectors that IARS could partner with in the future, to lastly researching for a future application with Youth Futures Foundation on the need for greater diversity in employment in the charity sector.

My time at IARS has allowed me to work on a range of projects which has helped me expand my knowledge on a multicultural level, thus expanding my personal and professional perspectives. Overall, I am thankful to have been welcomed by such a kind team and have had the chance to grow and enhance my skills. IARS is an incredible organization who truly makes a positive difference in the lives of many, which even for a short time I was extremely grateful to be a part of. I would like to thank my supervisors and the rest of IARS for reassuring me that choosing to intern abroad was essential for my experience in London.

By Dani Carara


We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  


Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: +44(0) 7833 224442  


Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.