Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models


Founder Tony Gearing is made an MBE

Tony Gearing, the founder of Young People of the Year, has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The citation reads ‘For services to Young People in the UK’.

Tony’s aim is to change the unfair negative image of young people into a positive one and to set up the very best young people as role models for others to copy. Ultimately he would like to help create a generation of outstanding citizens.

Tony held his first Young People of the Year awards in Royston, Hertfordshire, in 2005. He expanded the

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Views on 'legend' Tony's honour

What other people said this week about Tony Gearing MBE:

Helen Nellis, the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, said: “I am delighted to hear that Tony Gearing has been recognised in the Honours List for his work to promote the huge contribution that young people make in our society.

“He works tirelessly to ensure that YOPEY is a key highlight of the year in Bedfordshire and other counties and has been very successful in securing the support of a range of people and organisations. My sincere congratulation and best wishes

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When Tim Farron was leader of the Lib-Dems...

Tim Farron, the new leader of the Liberal-Democrats, has praised YOPEY. He wrote to us: "The YOPEY competition is a great initiative which showcases the positive contribution young people make to the communities they live in.

"So many young people give enormous amounts of their time and energy to help those around them in the community, and by highlighting this the YOPEY competition is an antidote to the all-too-often negative tone of many media reports about young people.

"I’d like to congratulate the young people whose

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When Boris backed 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

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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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Opposition Leader backs YOPEY

Ed Miliband, the new leader of the Labour Party, has become the latest political leader to back YOPEY.

Mr Miliband's letter is reproduce here. In it he writes:

"I am delighted to send my best wishes and support to Young People of the Year, which does extraordinary work with our young people in the East of England and across the country.

"For too long, too many young people have been poorly represented, both in the media and in the halls and chambers that make up our democracy. Too many young people still feel that decisions are made for

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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

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When Deputy Prime Minister praised YOPEY and highlighted one entry

“YOPEY is leading the way in recognising the contribution young people make – to their families, to their communities and to our society as a whole," said Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

"It can be extremely frustrating when negative stereotypes in the media obscure that contribution, and YOPEY does a great job in setting the record straight.

"Well done to the scheme, and well done to all of the young men and women being celebrated in these awards. Their stories are an inspiration

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When Osborne met YOPEYs and Cameron had manflu

Young People of the Year winners from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Nottinghamshire have been to the Houses of Parliament as guests of David Cameron. 

Before he became Prime Minister, the Conservative leader asked to meet ‘Yopey' founder Tony Gearing and some of the young people ‘revealed, recognised and rewarded' by the growing campaign to give the younger generation a fairer image.

Tony, a former journalist fed up with ‘bad press' suffered by the younger generation, choose to take:

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