Cambridgeshire '10

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!

Newspaper articles reproduced with thanks to: Cambridge News, Peterborough Telegraph, Weekly News series, Hunts Post, News and Crier, Cambridgeshire Times, Wisbech Standard, Fenland Citizen, Ely Standard
 

Poet Zain, 16, fights racism and high bus fares

A dedicated Peterborough teenager, who represents young people all over the world, has been nominated for Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year
 
Sixteen-year-old Zain Awan beat hundreds of other young hopefuls to the position of ‘UK Young Ambassador’ when he was selected this March.
 
Zain has also been nominated for the Cambs police ‘YOPEY’ for being an active member of his local community, combating racism and giving young people a voice.
 
As a YOPEY nominee, Zain

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Joining cadets and school council helps Ben, 13, take off

A Chatteris air cadet, who went the extra mile to help raise money for charity, has been nominated for the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year.

As a nominee for ‘YOPEY’, Ben Davies is in with a chance of winning a cash prize from a prize pot of £2,000 put up by the police and the other Cambridgeshire sponsors including CSR, ARM, EACS and Dialight.

YOPEY is endorsed by the new Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer. David Cameron was due to meet YOPEY winners before the election

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Couple, who met in care, help to improve care services

Sam and Martin are determined to give their baby daughter a better start in life than they had.



The pair, who grew up in care, have been nominated for Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEY’ for their good attitude, their wish to change their lives around and the work they do with young people in care. 



As the first young parents nomination for YOPEY, Sam and Martin could win the top prize of £1,000 from a prize pot of £3000 put up by the police and other

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Joshua, 17, copes with family problems and Asperger's

A teenager, who hopes to become a role model for other young people going through difficult times, has been nominated for a Spicers Young People of the Year award. 
 


Joshua Shepherd, 17, of Brookfield Way in Lower Cambourne, has Asperger’s syndrome, one of a group of autistic conditions where people experience difficulties with communication and social skills.



But this isn’t the only thing Joshua has had to contend with. Ten years ago he and his family moved to America where his father started a

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Natasha, 16, shows her caring side by helping others

A caring teenager, who has helped a number of young people overcome their problems, has been nominated for a Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEY’.

Sixteen-year-old Natasha Adams, of Eastern Avenue, Peterborough, has a caring nature that can be seen by the amount of time and energy she gives to a number of different projects.

She is the newest member of Youth Action Team, she is a peer mentor at her school, and she helped

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Community-minded college champions several students

Peterborough Regional College has shown the community-minded nature of its students by nominating several for Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEY’.

The students have been nominated by college tutors and will be in with a chance of winning the award that seeks to recognise the efforts of young people who stand out for their hard work and dedication to others within the community.

As nominees for YOPEY, one of the students could win the top prize of £1000 from a prize pot of £3000 put up by the

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Whole schools gets volunteering bug and raises thousands

Pupils from Sir Harry Smith Community College, Whittlesey, who complete endless hours of volunteering and have fundraised thousands, have been nominated for Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year.
 
The school has been put forward for a ‘YOPEY’ award by Vinspired, the national organisation that encourages young people to volunteer.
 
Emma Wysling, a youth volunteering co-ordinator for Vinspired in Cambridgeshire, said: “Having worked with this school for just a few months they have really

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Ed, 23, raises £50,000 for charities while setting up company

It is a long way from the middle of the English Channel, battling giant waves and dodging super tankers, to Cambridge University’s St John’s College’s heated swimming pool.
 
But that is how far Edward Williams, the 23-year-old founder of the Cambridge Swimming Academy, has come – building a flourishing company and tirelessly raising funds for charity.
 
Ed, of Verulam Way, Cambridge, has been nominated for Spicers Young People of the Year

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A group of teenage churchgoers help Kenyans

A group of teenager Peterborough churchgoers, who are raising money to help bring water to villages in Kenya, have been nominated for Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young People of the Year or ‘YOPEY'.

They have learned the value of water the hard way and discovered how Africans have to get by with the precious resource by carrying water for themselves and even going without it for some everyday tasks that people in Britain take for granted.

And after more than a year the youngsters from the More than Right and Wrong

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Two friends help others in Duke of Edinburgh Award

Two best friends from a Peterborough school have been nominated for Cambridgeshire Constabulary Young Person of the Year or ‘YOPEY' for helping others take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
 
Eighteen-year-olds Mia Heming, of Thorpe Lea Road, Peterborough, and Belinda Howland, of High Causeway, Whittlesey have been nominated for helping others, mentoring young people and being positive role models at Jack Hunt School.
 
As nominees for YOPEY, Mia and Belinda are in

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