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Celebrating youth participation and leadership in research and social problem-solving

Since 2012, IARS has been running its own annual awards aiming to celebrate and reward cutting edge research and youth leadership from around the world. The Awards began as a response to the 2011 riots. The aim of the awards is to recognise and reward  outstanding young people that contribute to our mission of a fairer society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving.

Following 5 consecutive successful Awards Ceremonies, IARS will maintain this tradition and once more celebrate young people who are making positive contributions to their communities in an Awards Ceremony that will be held on 28 May 2019 

Canada Water Theatre 21 Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7AR

28/05/2019 6 pm.

The Awards are open to children, young people, adults and organisations. You do not need to be based in the UK. It can be an ongoing or a completed piece of work. You do not need to have worked with IARS. However, your contribution to IARS mission & vision must be identifiable through examples and where possible, evidence.

Nominations for 6 categories are now open to the public; calling on individuals and organisations to put forward young individuals with inspiring and leadership credentials. Self-nominations are also accepted. We will welcome submissions from UK and non UK based young people and organisations that showcase their contribution to IARS mission & vision. All categories and awards criteria can be found below. All nominations will be scrutinised by the IARS Youth Advisory Board.

The theme for this year's awards is young people who make a difference to their communities; through projects, movements or business. 

We want to hear from young people aged 15 - 25 who have done something amazing this year - whatever it may be. We've kept our categories broad so that we can capture a variety of outstanding work that is happening thanks to young people, everywhere.

The categories are:

  • The Peacemaker of the Year
  • The Community Leader Award
  • The Youth Research Project Award
  • The Youth Digital Award
  • The 99% Campaign Young Journalist Award 
  • The Partnership Award of the Year

If you would like to nominate any young people or organisations, or would like to attend, please submit via this page including both the nominees contact e-mail and yours. Nominations close on 24th May 2019, and all finalists will be e-mailed shortly afterwards to confirm attendance.