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Our History

Sculpt was founded as IARS; an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Read more about our journey below.

Work experience in Sculpt Office

Two Decades of Doing:

1

October 2001

IARS formally established as an international, charitable organisation on three main principles:

  • User and civic participation
  • Restorative justice and dialogue
  • Individual power and responsibility
2

2007

IARS recruits its first staff team
3

2007

Secured project funding from Big Lottery and the Equality and Human Rights Commission to run youth engagement programmes in the UK and overseas
4

2010

Launched the Youth Voice Journal
5

2011

Acted as secretariat for the 99% campaign – a multiagency campaign to dispel stereotypes about young people including the Youth Justice Board, Mayor of London, Transport for London, Metropolitan Police, London Councils, the Crown Prosecution Service, and a number of charities
6

2011

Begins to deliver pan-European projects as part of the Erasmus+ programme, going on to deliver 20+ european youth-led research projects over the next 12 years
7

2012

Set up the international Restorative Justice Research Network disseminating cutting edge research, training and grant information to over 1000 individuals worldwide
8

2014

Became a CPD accredited training provider
9

2015

Ten-year anniversary. Approved as an International Institute
10

2022

IARS becomes Sculpt