Hertfordshire '14

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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Caring Kerryn, 19, saves Guide unit from closure

A teenager who stepped in to save a Guide unit from closure rather than disappoint more than 20 girls is in a competition that showcases young people in  Hertfordshire.

Nineteen-year-old Kerryn Atkins is now running the 4th Cheshunt Guides, a unit which she joined nine years ago.

Now she has earned not a badge but an entry into Mistsubishi Electric Young People of the Year, or YOPEY.

This competition marks the 10th anniversary of YOPEY and the place where it all began with a contest in Herts in 2005.

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Police cadet Katy goes to aid of woman fallen in street

A 15-year-old police cadet from Radlett who helped a woman who had fallen in the street is in a competition that hails the achievements of young people in Hertfordshire.

Katy Hatter does not know who nominated her for Smith Milne Young People of the Year, or YOPEY – she was put forward anonymously by someone who simply described themselves as a friend.

This competition marks the 10th anniversary of YOPEY and the place where it all began with a contest in Royston in 2005.

Since then thousands of young people

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At 15, Sam and Patrick are leading lights in helping autistic people

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Two 15-year-old friends Hertford schoolboys who regularly give up their time to help people with disabilities are in a competition that hails the achievements of young people across Hertfordshire.

Best friends Sam Glossop and Patrick Eveleigh have helped people with autism at a Saturday club and on residential holidays, and also coached people, both able and with disabilities at a national event.

Now they have

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Jamie saw others help mum – now he helps others

A Potters Bar schoolboy, who gives up his time to help others after watching his dad help his mum recover from illness, has been nominated for a Hertfordshire-wide competition that hails the achievements of young people.

Jamie Moore, who is in the sixth form at Dame Alice Owen's, mentors younger pupils at school and helps his church raise money for various projects. He also helps out with the younger children at a youth club.

He has also helped his dad and brother care for his mum as she suffered from pancreatitis and

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Rachel's blood plea in memory of brother she never knew

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An Elstree teenager who speaks and campaigns for blood donations is in a Hertfordshire-wide competition that hails the achievements of young people.

Rachel Renak is determined to encourage people to give blood after her four-year-old brother Joel tragically died from a rare form of liver cancer.  

Now she has been nominated for the Smith Milne Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’.

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Mia, 18, battles barriers faced by deaf people

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A profoundly deaf teenager who is helping to inspire others is in a competition that showcases the achievements of young people in Hertfordshire.

Eighteen-year-old Mia Ward, of Hemel Hempstead, has overcome barriers and delivered training, including British Sign Language, to others.

Now she has been entered in Mitsubishi Electric Young People of the Year, or YOPEY.

This competition marks the 10th anniversary of YOPEY

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Adam's autism doesn't stop him helping out

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An autistic young man who refuses to let his condition prevent him from helping others is in a Hertfordshire-wide competition that hails the achievements of young people.

Determined Adam Thurston not only joined the scouts, local youth club and boating club, he also helps run all three organisations.

Now he has been nominated for the Mitsubishi Electric Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’.

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Sam, 23, helps to run THREE youth clubs

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Volunteer Sam Cayton is now a leader at a third youth club in Stevenage, a feat which has put him in a competition that hails the achievements of young people in Hertfordshire.

Twenty-three-year-old Sam is such a sport that he even puts up with having custard pies thrown at him by the youngsters, but he is also handy when there is trouble, whether with equipment or helping a boy having an epileptic seizure.

Rather than fling a flan in

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Erik, 17, was there for Douglas, 88, to his dying day

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A Hemel sixth-former who befriended an elderly care home resident and continued to visit him until he died is in a Hertfordshire-wide competition that hails the achievements of young people.

Erik Kerr was one of nearly 40 sixth-formers from John F Kennedy School who took part in a trial befriending scheme at Highview Lodge care home in Gadebridge. But only Erik volunteered enough hours to qualify for a silver certificate and what particularly

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Motor-biking on a better road through life

Many communities have a problem with youngsters tearing up parks and playing fields on unlicensed and often dangerous motorbikes, causing a nuisance and distress. And they are often a risk to themselves and others.

In one part of the Hertfordshire, the Bushey Wheel Motorcycle Project allows young people the chance to burn off their energy in a safe and constructive way, providing something to do for some and a diversion away from crime and anti-social behaviour for others.

Hundreds of them have enjoyed their first taste of biking as

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