Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

Welcome to... Young People of the Year or 'YOPEY', pronounced yop-ee! ... First London YOPEY launches in 2013 thanks to John Lewis stores... Emma Peacock wins Hertfordshire 2012 YOPEY ... and £800 ... for setting up youth club on deprived housing estate... Mohammed Atiq Nazir shares top prize in Cambridgeshire 2012 YOPEY with Katie Godfrey... Katie is building classrooms in Africa, Atiq is building better relations between ethnic communities in Peterborough... They share £1200 for them and their good causes!

• Young People of the Year or 'YOPEY' is a campaign to give young people a fairer image in the media – and society as a whole – by 'revealing, recognising and rewarding' young unsung heroes and setting them up as positive role models for other young people to copy.
• By doing this YOPEY improves relations between the generations, including reducing the elderly's fear of teenagers.
• We also give free citizenship lessons in schools and are looking at giving micro finance to young people wanting to improve their community.
• National leaders have praised YOPEY. You can read endorsements from David Cameron, Ed Miliband and others on this page.
• YOPEY is mainly supported by commercial companies as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. But it can also promote your business. YOPEY can train staff volunteers to give presentations on good citizenship. 
• We also receive support from public services – the police and councils have become big backers in recent years – and charitable trusts.
• Together with all these people YOPEY is building a better society.
• Sponsors range from FTSE100 companies to SMEs. You can see all of them on our Thanks pages.

The YOPEYs in five minutes! 

Ideal to show in school assemblies, this short film is about the kinds of young positive role models that YOPEY promotes and how to nominate.

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Boris backs London YOPEY

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has become the latest political leader to endorse YOPEY following, among others, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband.

Upon hearing about the John Lewis Young People of the Year – the first YOPEY in the capital – Boris said: “London is full of talented young people who are doing amazing things to help their communities.

"It is fantastic that Young People of the Year are showcasing the achievements of these role models and encouraging more youngsters to strive to be the best they can.”


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The YOPEYs are coming... to London

Three intrepid young YOPEY volunteers took a six-metre banner to London. Read their story and see more of their photos here...

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Typical YOPEY awards ceremony

Founder Tony Gearing opens Bedfordshire YOPEY 

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Weren’t the Olympics and Paralympics marvelous, amazing, or as the young would say AWESOME. Well, welcome to the Olympics for young people who give to the community. Just like the medal winners at the Games, I believe every young person here can be role models for today’s younger generation, and a source of pride for the older generations.

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YOPEY writes to all Police Commissioners

Following the first elections for Police and Crime Commissioners, YOPEY founder Tony Gearing has written to all the successful candidates to invite them to join forces to hold a YOPEY in their police service area. We list all their names and areas below. Watch this space!

Mrs Sue Mountstevens – Avon and Somerset
Mr Olly Martins – Bedfordshire
Sir Graham Bright – Cambridgeshire
Mr John Dwyer – Cheshire
Mr Barry Coppinger – Cleveland
Mr Richard Rhodes – Cumbria
Mr Alan Charles –

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YOPEY condemns unfair TV ad about youth crime

FACT – 30% of adults aged 16-24 were victims of crimes covered by the CSEW, compared to 21% of all adults.

FACT – 15% of adults aged 16-24 were victims of personal crime (e.g. violence, robbery, theft from the person), compared to 6% of all adults.

YOPEY founder Tony Gearing was interviewed on Radio 5 Live on October 10th condemning a TV ad that is promoting the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners. He also appeared on BBC Radio Suffolk and BBC Radio Kent. The story was also reported in national newspaper of the year, the

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Why YOPEY needs sponsors...

A short film – made at the Bedfordshire 'Blue Light' Young People of the Year awards ceremony – that sums up what our awards are about, and why we need help from sponsors...

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Organise a YOPEY fundraiser

YOPEY is now an official charity and donations can be given via

For one day only this year Monday 14 May donations made to YOPEY through our Localgiving page will be doubled by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation up to a maximum of £1000. So any fundraiser, small, medium or large, will help and could raise YOPEY double whatever you donate!

To take advantage of this double-your-donation offer, we are

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When Jack met Ed...

Buckinghamshire’s Young Person of the Year has met top politician Ed Miliband – and given him the benefit of his advice.

Jack Elderfield, who won last year’s top Bucks YOPEY for helping to run a Chesham charity, joined a delegation of invited YOPEY winners and other young people, to meet the Labour leader and discuss politics.

Mr Miliband wanted to know how to engage young people in politics and his office had approached YOPEY founder Tony Gearing asking him to put forward some young people for the discussion at Westminster, which included

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...and then Alex and Moses

Past Essex Police Young People of the Year Alex Penn and Moses Burrell met top politician Ed Miliband – and gave him the benefit of their advice.

Sixteen-year-olds Alex and Moses, who were the junior winners in the 2009 YOPEY, joined a delegation of young people from across the country, including other YOPEY winners, to meet the Labour leader and discuss politics.

Mr Miliband wanted to know how to engage young people in politics and his office had asked YOPEY founder Tony Gearing to put forward some young people for a discussion at Westminster, which included

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