The core aim of the project is:

To give effective tools to young women living in rural areas to take up their lives thanks to specific entrepreneurial training in sustainable development, to foster their employability, socio-educational and personal development.

This will be accomplished through the promotion of green thinking, raising awareness of sustainability, promoting greener development in rural and/or isolated areas, exchanging good practices, providing expertise and knowledge for women from rural areas.

This project also aims to engage, connect and empower young people, fostering their civic participation and creating a resource that will remain after the project’s end. The project will also foster the creation of synergies across different areas of actions that matter for young women in order to support them in leading “grass-roots initiatives” involving and supporting their local communities.

Addressing sustainability, development of rural areas and capacity building/training opportunities for young people is the key to make sure that younger generations, even in disadvantaged conditions, can be the real change-makers.


  • Train the trainers about instruments for rural development, (social) entrepreneurship, women empowerment, and sustainable ideas
  • Start rural development local grass-roots initiatives lead by young women
  • Inspire rural communities for agro-economic and social change
  • Share good practices of rural development and women empowerment in Consortium countries
  • Strengthen Consortium partnership by developing common events and activities
  • Develop 3 Intellectual Outputs(IOs)
    1. Set of educational videos (IO1)
    2. Virtual Interactive Network and platform (IO2)
    3. Exploitation roadmap and guidelines for policy influence (IO3)

By the end of the project:

280 young women will have:

  • Empowered entrepreneurial and managerial skills;
  • Discovered insights and knowledge about different rural life, hidden opportunities and organizational structures (in terms of business and entrepreneurship);
  • Improved communication, interpersonal and foreign language skills;
  • Refined and increased teamwork capacity, social skills, cultural awareness, acceptance of cultural diversity, increased tolerance to others and gender equality;
  • Raised awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and good practices as well as sustainable solutions;
  • Better ICT competences thanks to the use of the platform and the creation of innovative content;
  • Increased self-confidence and self-worthiness;

56+ Youth workers will have:

  • Improved competences in non-formal training methodologies;
  • Improved communication, interpersonal and foreign language skills;
  • Improved ICT competences;
  • Experience in leading youth groups in sustainable grass-roots projects.

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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: +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.