The IARS International Institute

London Youth Now

A policy, awareness raising and training project which seeks to ensure that young people in London, and organisations working with them, can tackle hate crime and promote community cohesion. Particpants are supported to become Young Champions and influence local policy and practices affecting them.

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It ran from 4:06 PM, 5 February 2013 to 4:19 PM, 5 February 2013


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1124590)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




Challenges associated with social cohesion exist across all communities in London and affect entire neighbourhoods; young and old. Young people experience the profound impacts of living in communities where issues of social cohesion fail to be meaningfully addressed; including gang activity and acts of serious youth violence. London Youth Now tries to tackle this problem by bringing young people into the processes of policy and service design aimed at addressing these issues.


London Youth Now provides internships, and shorter term volunteering opportunities, to young Londoners to undertake research and policy work into social cohesion issues affecting their lives. The projects brings young people's voices to the policy making table with regard to issues of social cohesion. By ensuring that the youth voice is heard by policy makers, "youth proof" solutions can be identified for tackling complex social issues.