Professor in Cultural Studies and Communications, London Metropolitan University, UK
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*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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org +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:
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.