Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models


When four YOPEY winners went to Westminster...

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Chair of Youth Sport Trust praises YOPEY

British sports administrator Sue Campbell - otherwise known as Baroness Campbell of Loughborough CBE - has praised YOPEY by saying: "The Young People of the Year Awards are a wonderful way of recognizing the positive impact that young people can have on others in their local community."

The top person in the administration of British sport went on:

"Sport is a powerful vehicle though which young people can lead others and volunteer their time. Through leading and volunteering in sport not only do young people support other young

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Police find YOPEY arresting

Essex Police was the first police service to sponsor Young People of the Year or 'YOPEY' – the antidote to all the bad press about the younger generation.

Police services have been involved in YOPEY by providing nominations and judges since the movement started in Hertfordshire in 2005. Hertfordshire Police Authority was a sponsor way back in 2006. Police services started to become sponsors with Essex Police and Essex Police Authority jointly sponsoring the Essex YOPEY

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Fire & rescue services back YOPEY

Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service is the first fire service in the UK to sponsor the fast-growing Young People of the Year awards or "YOPEYs'.

Since then South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service have become sponsors of YOPEYs in their counties, and more fire services are looking at supporting YOPEY.

Not only do the awards recognise great community work carried out by young people, but they receive wide-ranging publicity thanks to journalist and founder Tony Gearing. This positive

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Honorary YOPEYs reach parts others don’t

At Young People of the Year we never cease to be amazed at the marvellous ‘giving to others’ that young people in the UK do. They commit themselves without seeking recognition or reward, but YOPEY believes in ‘revealing, recognising and rewarding’ these unsung heroes.

Unfortunately, YOPEY competitions do not take part across the whole of the country (yet!) so some amazing young people still miss out on getting the praise they deserve. But not any more…

YOPEY has decided to create a special category of Honorary

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'Northern HQ' shuts with Kevin's retirement

Freelance journalist Kevin Palmer who launched many young people on the road to YOPEY success by researching and writing their stories is packing away his notebook and saying a fond farewell.

Kevin, who has been working with YOPEY since a year after it was founded, has been a vital member of the YOPEY team and the voice that nominators and nominees heard first when entries' case studies were being written up.

He has written around 630 case studies of entrants over nine years which have been used as stories in local

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Education Secretary supports YOPEY

Justine Greening MP, the new Education Secretary in Theresa May's Government, has attended and judged two London Young People of the Year awards. 

Here she writes a letter of support to YOPEY Founder Tony Gearing.

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YOPEY nominator wins a royal award

Sometimes it is not just entrants in YOPEY competitions who make the headlines for their good deeds it is those associated with them as well.

Take the case of Marcellus Baz who nominated young boxer Dwayne Cooke-Peccoo who made it to the finals of the Nottinghamshire competition in 2014.

Marcellus, who was into gang culture as a young man,  turned to boxing as a detraction from bad ways and then used the sport as a way of keeping youngsters out of crime.

Dwayne went to the Nottingham School of Boxing, run by Marcellus, who discovered...
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Meeting rooms named after YOPEY winners

A new business in Cambridge approached YOPEY and asked if it could name its plush meeting rooms after Cambridgeshire YOPEY winners – to inspire people who meet in them.

We said: what a cool idea, and picked six names (I apologise now to anyone we have left out) from recent winners.

Cambridge Business Lounge has had plaques made that have gone on the meeting room doors, and YOPEY worked with the business to write inscriptions that have gone up inside the rooms to inspire people who meet there.

The rooms range in size from accommodating

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YOPEY entry opens charity shop

A charity was so impressed with YOPEY's story about Hertfordshire entry Louis Brown that Save the Children invited the 10-year-old to open its new store in his Bishop's Stortford store.

Louis – who has been nominated for YOPEY because he helps to care for his disabled nan – was blown away by the experience.

Here is a report on him opening the shop from his local paper Herts & Essex Observer.

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