The IARS International Institute was informally set up in 2001
by a group of young people under the leadership of Theo Gavrielides
to act as an international network on youth matters. Since then
we have expanded our remit and we are now recognised as one
of the wolrd's leading user-led Institutes with a mission
"To give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society."
The Institute has been providing world-class educational, 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. To read some of their stories click here
The IARS Articles of Association state that the charity is set up "To promote and contribute to the development and civic participation of young people, children and adult members of the community as individuals and members of society by:
Led by its founder and Director, Professor Dr. Theo Gavrielides and staffed with a dedicated team of experts, interns and volunteers, the IARS International Institute is known for its robust, independent, evidence-based approach to solving current social problems. We are acknowledged internationally for our expertise in justice, equality and youth, and have delivered projects in areas such as restorative justice, rehabilitation, human rights and inclusion, citizenship, public services and user-led research/ evaluation.
IARS is guided by is three founding values. To read our story and how we came together as an organisation click here To join the IARS family and to become a member click here Read our 10 Years Impact Report