The IARS International Institute was informally set up as an international network on youth matters. Since then we have expanded our remit and we are now recognised as one of the world's leading user-led Institutes with a mission "To give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society."

We do this by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice, and by supporting young people and the community to shape decision-making from the bottom-up.

We were founded upon the three principles of:

  • user & civic participation

  • restorative justice and dialogue

  • individual empowerment and responsibility

What makes IARS different

IARS is a forward thinking and innovative organisation working directly with individuals, organisations, groups and networks independently of geographical boarders. At our core is a unique user-led model supporting and empowering young people and the community.

Other ways to support

  • Work with us as an intern, research associate or staff member
  • Learn from our publications and reports
  • Support us as a member, sponsor or funder
  • Volunteer with us
  • Lead us as a Patron or Trustee
  • Advise us as an expert on the Editorial Board
  • Join us on social media!


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