Project information

The Youth Voice Journal (YVJ)

Youth Voice is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on youth policy and issues affecting young people, often written by young people themselves.


Charity information

The IARS International Institute

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  • Need


    Young people are rarely taken seriously when it comes to matters of political importance, and are often dismissed out of hand as ‘too young’ to make a real difference on the political landscape. Many academics, independent researchers, and the media have stated that academic, robust research and policy cannot be done by young people as they lack the skills, the experience and indeed the wisdom that they themselves claim to have.


    The Youth Voice Journal provides a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform social policy and academia about the youth perspective through evidence-based research. It provides a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices that affect young people, and actively encourages those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal or be heard through it.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe.


    » Welcoming international authors to contribute to the Journal.

    Success will be widespread contribution by international authors, and global circulation.

    Aim 2

    To aid young people whose voice is rarely expressed to be heard through the Journal.


    » Encouraging young people, especially IARS interns, to conduct their own research and publish their written findings.

    Success will be good quality and thoroughly research articles produced by young people on issues affecting them.

    Aim 3

    To influence policies and practices that affect young people.


    » Engaging in current and thought-provoking issues and presenting evidence-based research.

    Success will be having a real impact on the UK and worldwide policy landscape.

  • Impact


    The Youth Voice Journal aims to bring policy issues affecting young people to the forefront of political consciousness, bringing about real positive change at local, regional, national, and indeed international levels.


    There is a risk that the circulation of the Youth Voice Journal may not be as widespread as IARS hope.

    We are hoping to deal with this through intensive promotion of the Journal though our social media outlets, and targetting potential subscribers (such as universities) directly.


    Funders of this project will receive a biannual email report informing them of any developments in the forthcoming issue, as well as details of any changes to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 The Journal Author bursaries and printing and distribution costs
  • Background


    IARS is located in the London borough of Lambeth, an area containing many marginalised young people.


    IARS hopes to bring valuable volunteering opportunities to local young people, as well as extending the opportunity to young people across London.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    IARS is an independent charity with a mission to enable young people to have a better future and participate equally and democratically in civic life. Through a youth-led structure, young people from various communities and backgrounds learn to influence decision-making, policies and the law and as role models participate in society and support their peers and youth-led organisations and groups in creating a tolerant and equal society where young people are respected and valued.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lewis Parle

    IARS Programme Director and Youth Voice Journal Managing Editor