Photo credit: http://iars.org.uk/content/iars-story
Every Christmas I choose one charity to give a reasonable donation to - this year the choice was a no-brainer. I have chosen Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS), whose strapline is "Empowering young people to influence policy and practice".
Cut and pasted from the IARS website:
IARS is an independent, social policy think-tank with a charitable mission to transform young people’s lives by enabling them to have a better future, and participate equally and democratically in civic life. IARS young people learn to inform policies and practices affecting them whether at a local, regional, national or international level.
Through the provision of high quality volunteering opportunities, internships, work placements, training, skills-development programmes, accreditation, peer mentoring and research, IARS young people are given the tools to nurture their talents and become active citizens. Through a youth-led structure, young people from all walks of life learn to influence decision making structures and the law, and as role models participate in society and support their peers in creating a safer and more equal society where young people are respected and valued.
IARS has expertise in criminal justice, human rights, equality, citizenship, civic engagement, restorative justice and education policy.
IARS work is evidence-based and reflects the passions, concerns and interests of young people, particularly those who tend to be excluded. Their activities have a national and international significance, and they are particularly active in London. IARS aims to serve as a model whereby young people, particularly from disadvantaged groups, come together to inform practices and policies that affect their lives, and support youth-led sector organisations and others concerned with issues that involve them. IARS believes in the value of the youth-led sector, and provides representation of the issues affecting it.
IARS Christmas Appeal: Help Make a Difference for Young People
As 2011 is coming to an end, these are IARS achievements in the last 12 months:
- Provided free volunteer & internship placements to over 350 young people
- Provided free training and other skill development programmes to over 50 young people
- Provided for free the IARS work-based Certificate in Youth Policy to 10 young people (accredited through London Metropolitan University)
- Provided for free awards to over 50 young people
- Provided for free youth-led voice and representation of issues affecting the young people’s sector and help inform services for them
Follow the link for more information and if you want to join me in supporting the IARS Christmas Appeal and help IARS make a difference for young people:
Independent Academic Research Studies: http://www.iars.org.uk
99% campaign:: http://www.99percent.org.uk