On 29th April 2010 IARS was awarded the Silver grading for a Youth Mark assessment carried out by three young assessors. The Youth Mark is a quality standard designed for organisations that provide services for young people. 

Youth Mark is unique in that the assessment is delivered entirely by young people. In making an assessment of the quality of an organisation, these young people elicit feedback from those who benefit from it; the young people who use the service.

Between October 2009 and March 2010 IARS participated in an assessment of its services. The assessment was carried out by three young people from north London aged 15-18. These young people were trained in order to deliver the assessment, carrying out 20 hours of interviews and observation each. They interviewed 15 volunteers from IARS along with 5 staff members and an intern. Overall IARS scored highly and gained a Silver standard for its youth-led approach to delivering services and projects to young people in London. 

Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS’ Director said: “We are very pleased to have received this award and look forward on working on the young assessors’ excellent recommendations. The Youth Mark assessment process gave us a lot to think about, and although IARS has been a pioneer with its well known, genuine youth-led work, we realised that there is still some work to be done”.

IARS is very proud to receive this award and would like to thank Y-Gen and the young assessors for the hard work they put into assessing the organisation. IARS would also like to thank all the volunteers who took part in this assessment.