Bedfordshire '17

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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Here is a selection of the entries in this YOPEY... Do you know someone like them? Then nominate!

 

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Roshni opens her heart about fighting eating disorder

A Bedfordshire girl of Asian heritage is battling an eating disorder partly by writing a ‘positivity’ newsletter for fellow mental health sufferers

Now Roshni Patel, from Ampthill, is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation. The 16-year-old has been nominated for the Atlas Converting Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people who ‘give to others’.

The annual contest has over £1000 to be won

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Recovering anorexic Kirsty campaigns on mental health

An inspirational young woman who is using the tales of her own battle with anorexia to help other young people overcome similar troubles is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.

Teenager Kirsty Spicer, from Dunstable, is determined to ensure that something positive comes out of her struggles with the eating disorder and writes a popular blog, which East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) regularly promotes to help other young people.

In recognition of her

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Josh updates school theatre and volunteers in community

A teenager who played a pivotal role in revamping the theatrical lighting in his school is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.

Sixteen-year-old Josh Mitchell always had a keen interest in theatre design. Despite living in Dunstable he applied to go to Cedars Upper School in Leighton Buzzard because of its theatre.

Over the last two years he has redesigned and updated the lighting rig for the school theatre, allowing staff and students to enjoy better

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Wheelchair doesn't stop dedicated scout Rhys

Want to climb a rock wall but you use a wheelchair – no problem, just do it!

That’s the philosophy of Luton teenager Rhys Crownshaw, born with spina bifida and severe mobility problems but whose attitude to life and his quiet counsel of younger scouts inspires and encourages others, particularly those with disabilities.

Rhys, who has progressed up the scouting ladder from Beaver to Explorer and Young Leader, now has his sights set on higher things – perhaps leading his own scout troop or running a theatre company?

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Hubert nominates Bridget for helping with his health

A Luton teenager who wants to become a cardiologist and gives advice on maintaining a healthy heart to her friends is in a competition that hails Bedfordshire’s younger generation.

Seventeen-year-old Bridget Bonsi has been nominated for the Atlas Converting Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people who ‘give to others’ – by one of the friends she has helped.

Sixteen-year-old Hubert Majewski said: “Bridget has inspired me to take care of my health more.

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Would-be social worker 'overwhelmed' by her nomination

An A-level student who is mentoring younger pupils and wants to become a social worker is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.

Seventeen-year-old Jodie Sullivan spends one day a week mentoring 9-12 year-olds at her old middle school, Robert Bloomfield Academy in Shefford.

Jodie was “shocked and overwhelmed” at being nominated for the Atlas Converting Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people

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Michael combines fundraising with love of sport

A boy from Leighton Buzzard who has used his passion for extreme sport to raise hundreds of pounds for charity is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s  younger generation.

Fourteen-year-old Michael Desmond discovered his love for strenuous outdoor activities when he was just 10. From cycling to climbing, he has completed missions in all four countries in the United Kingdom to raising money for a different charity each time.

Now he has been nominated for the Atlas Converting

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Head boy helps lead school and Beaver scouts

The head boy of a Leighton Buzzard school who has volunteered over 150 hours to help pupils fundraise for good causes is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire’s younger generation.

Seventeen-year-old Tim Abington has been heavily involved in many events and activities at his school, Cedars Upper in Leighton Buzzard, most notably as one of the main organisers of a week-long charity event that raised £3500 for a school in Africa.

As well as his commitments to his school, Tim is also

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Girlguiding's bright star is open about mental health

A Luton Brownie and Guide Leader who uses her past experience of anxiety and depression to encourage girls to talk about their own mental health challenges, as well as discussing confidence issues and gender roles, is in a competition that hails the achievements of Bedfordshire young people.

Georgina Barrett, who has been described as one of Bedfordshire Girlguiding’s ‘brightest stars’, is determined to make her unit and the guiding movement a reassuring place for girls and fit for a changing world. She has been nominated

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Jasmine is the girl in hijib... or fire cadet's helmet

A home-schooled teenager who avoids isolation by volunteering extensively in the community is in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Bedfordshire young people.

Jasmin Khanom, of Maple Road West, Luton, volunteers with several charities, is working to bring the different communities in Luton together and wants the youth council reformed.

Now the 16-year-old has been nominated for the Atlas Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people who ‘give to others’.

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