Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models


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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Take a Break look at YOPEY

The most popular women’s magazine revisited YOPEY with this three-page special over the 2010 new year. Take a Break magazine held the first nationwide YOPEY contest in 2008 and introduced the contest to Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah. Gordon held a reception for the winners at 10 Downing Street after Sarah judged the contest. This time Take a Break highlighted some of the latest YOPEY winners and entrants in contests across the country.

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What Kelly did next...

Kelly Burrows, who cares for her sister with severe disabilities, was a runner up in 2008 Cambridge Building Society Young People of the Year in Cambridgeshire. She has now picked up another award for her work. Kelly has won the "Leslie Almond Award" for her commitment

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Tory leader asks to meet YOPEY winners

Bedfordshire's, Buckinghamshire's, Essex and Nottinghamshire's Young People of the Year have been to the Houses of Parliament as a guest of David Cameron.

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:

    * Sabath Shazia,

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The kids are all right in a chamber with attitude

The Times coverage of when more than twenty young people from the UK Youth Parliment sat in the House of Commons debating issues that affected young people such as University fee's

Click here to read the story on The Times website

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Positive press in Scotland

 

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Indulge your selfishness. Go and help someone

Janice Turner writes in The Times about how people who work in the city are now recognising the advantages about volunteering and what we can do to "harness the itch to be altruistic"

Read the full article by clicking here

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More positive press in Cambridge!

An example of the positive press being achieved in Cambridge! Click here to read this press in a larger format

 

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Look what Stacey's doing now!

Stacey Johnson was a runner-up in one of the very first YOPEYs in 2005. Look what she’s up to now! You can read a bigger copy of the article by clicking here

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