C. Partner

We are always happy to work in partnerships with other organisations, and deliver a number of services:

  1. Awareness building and networking – bringing together a coalition of like-minded people and organisations
  2. Evidence based and user-led research and policy development
  3. Skills development and training
  4. Consultancy – helping find solutions to youth-focused problems
  5. Evaluation and assessment of existing programmes                                                                                           
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Current opportunities 

YOU WEEN (Young Women Green Entrepreneurs) is a two year, Erasmus-funded project with seven EU organisations in collaboration. The project aimis to give effective tools to young women living in rural areas (or working on sustainable projects in urban areas) to take up their lives thanks to specific entrepreneurial training in sustainable development, to foster their employability, socio-educational and personal development. IARS are currently seeking UK based project partners who can:

Identify 2 Youth Trainers from their organisation for us to take under our wing. These trainers would learn about instruments for rural development,social entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, and sustainable ideas. They would also have the opportunity to travel in Europe and lead youth groups in sustainable grass-roots projects.

Identify 10 Young Women from their organisation/community(volunteers or employees), aged 19-30, that will take the training, as wellas to advise and represent IARS in the project.

The minimum requirements is a two-year commitment to the project, a working   level of English, and an interest/basic knowledge of  sustainability and gender equity.   Interested? Contact: s.nicholas@iars.org.uk

IARS aims to increase opportunities for young people who are disadvantaged to access employment and play a meaningful role in their community – but we can’t do this alone! We are currently looking for corporate partners to embark on our journey and help us empower young people from a disadvantaged background develop the skills and resources and gain the experience they need to feel positive about their future, to develop individual empowerment and responsibility, to be inclusive of others and to play a meaningful role in shaping their communities. 

Why partner with us?

We understand that corporate partners will have their own specific goals and outcomes to meet. If your goals focus on improving opportunities for young people we’d love to work with you to achieve that. By tailoring the partnership offer with pre-agreed goals and outcomes and a dedicated IARS team member to work with you we will ensure that any collaboration will be mutually beneficial. We are confident that your partnership with us will support your social responsibility goals.

There are number of ways in which a partnership can be of benefit:

Positive branding: Engaging with IARS will  enable your organisation to prove its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and empowering disadvantaged communities.

Staff Engagement: Corporate volunteers have told us that working directly with disadvantaged young people and supporting them to gain life skills and employability skills to help them develop their career is very rewarding, and that they gain more from the experience that they give. 

Create genuine collaborative partnerships with young people: your organisation will directly benefit from learning how to make sure that your business can be participatory and user-led through our innovative user-led methodology that is at the heart of our work.

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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: director@iars.org.uk +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.