The IARS International Institute is the UK's leading user-led NGO giving voice to our society's most marginalised groups.
It was informally set up in 2001 by Theo Gavrielides to act as an international network on youth matters. Since then we have expanded our remit to cover three areas of work: Youth | Equalities | Justice. IARS is now recognised as one of the words' leading user-led Institutes with a mission "To give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society."
Since our inception, we have been providing voice and educational programmes as well as non-profit research, policy and networking services of local, national and international significance. We are focused on empowering the most marginalised communities through direct service delivery, while enabling organisations to achieve, measure and improve their social impact.
We also have a 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. We are dedicated to helping deliver the EU Youth Strategy by "Investing and Empowering" our young people.