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Project information

Young Justice Champions Project

The Young Justice Champions Project is a London-wide initiative, which will be delivered to marginalised young Londoners. This project will equip disadvantaged young Londoners with the necessary legal skills they need to be independent and confident and avoid further disadvantage.

The project is ongoing

Charity information: The IARS International Institute

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  • Need


    All young people need to be able to solve problems with a legal dimension, to live confident and independent lives. However, young people that lack the knowledge, skills and confidence to deal with law-related events find themselves either being or becoming detached from the social mainstream and unable to access the basic services they need in order to combat the cycle of exclusion.


    The Young Justice Champions Project will work directly to improve 25 disadvantaged young peoples’ legal capabilities through a unique type of public legal education. It will also provide a much needed evidence base and policy recommendations on how best to deliver public legal education to young people that will engage and provide them with the right skills and knowledge to live independent and fulfilled lives. The need for this project can therefore not be overstated.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The project will aim to empower disadvantaged young Londoners (up to 25 yrs old): with legal skills.


    » This aim is to be achieved through the delivery of a training programme which focuses on research, police powers, employment, housing and human rights

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by 25 disadvantaged young people being aware of their rights and responsibilities of citizens and more skilled up to deal with legal issues.

  • Impact


    Confident Young Justice Champions presenting their work to decision makers (for example Department for Children, Schools and Families, Ministry of Justice). Decision makers who take on board the Young Justice Champions recommendations for improving young people’s legal capability. Young people informing policy makers first hand of their economic and social disadvantage caused in part by their inability to deal with legal problems. There will also be an evidenced based report compiled.


    Many marginalised young people, do not have the funds to travel to a training session and some young people are afraid to travel due to rival gangs. Therefore, we are able to do outreach and deliver the training to the young people in their particular areas. These problems are also overcome through providing these young people with travel expenses, supervision, support and by working flexible hours to engage young people


    Donors will be invited to attend and inspect the training sessions and evaluation forms will be sent to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Training Sessions Developing and running regular training sessions
      £10,000 Volunteer expenses Providing 25 volunteers with travel and lunch
      £10,000 Outreach Work Outreach visits to marginalised communities
      £10,000 Venue Costs Hosting Events, renting meeting rooms
      £10,000 Dissemination of Research Publishing reports
  • Background


    The Young Justice Champions Project is a London Project which aims to improve the legal capability of young people. This project is based in Vauxhall, London in the IARS offices but training activities and youth-led research happens across different venues in London.
    Outreach work is done across all London boroughs to different communities.


    Young people from marginalised communities (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic groups; lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people; young disabled people; offenders and ex-offenders) will be provided with the tools to become more legally capable. Through the outcomes of this project specific social inequality will be targeted which will impact on their wider communities and other young people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    IARS is a unique charity in that it is the only Youth-led social policy think tank in the UK. We have vast experience of working with young people and the report entitled measuring young peoples legal capability places us in a good position to understand and deliver on the specific training needs of marginalised young people. Please follow the link below to view the IARS Public Legal Education video.


    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alastair Martey

    Alastair is the project officer responsible for recruiting, training and supporting the facilitation of the young people.