Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

Welcome to... Young People of the Year awards or YOPEYs Oscars for young people who give to others! ... Follow links to Nominate young people you know who are Positive Role Models. We also run YOPEY Befriender where young people are trained to befriend elderly people. Read more below...

• 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.
• National leaders praise YOPEY. You can read endorsements from Prime Ministers on this page. To see endorsements by UK leaders click on Next Page at the bottom of 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. 
• Sponsors range from FTSE100 companies to SMEs. You can see all of them on our Thanks pages. We also receive support from public services, such as police and councils, and charitable trusts.
• YOPEY also runs Befriender schemes where young people befriend elderly people in care homes, often living with dementia.
• Together with all these people YOPEY is 'Creating Tomorrow's Great Citizens Today'.

• We have stopped using an 0845 number, but this remains on older sections of this website, which are unaltered records of YOPEYs at that time. Please call YOPEY on 01440 821654.

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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Half-price holidays in luxury French house in aid of YOPEY

How would you like to take a large group of family or friends to a luxury holiday home in southern Normandy that sleeps up to 18?

The owners have donated holidays in 2016 to be sold in aid of the YOPEY charity. What’s more we can offer them for half the price you would pay to hire this impressive property as the owners want to help YOPEY.

Le Verger de Pommiers (The Apple Orchard) with its seven bedrooms and heated outdoor pool normally sells for up to £1795 per week. We are offering it for £795 per week plus

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Discounted holidays at Spanish villa from under £90 per person

If you would like to holiday at this luxury villa in 2016 you can. One week is being sold in aid of this charity for £900 or two weeks for £1700. These are heavily discounted prices compared to the normal price of at least £1000 per week, and only available through YOPEY.

Check out the villa's official website and its normal prices here

Nestled in the southernmost foothills of Andalucia lies a stunning, privately-owned

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YOPEY's first 10 years celebrated at The Ritz London

YOPEY founder Tony Gearing spoke about the first 10 years of campaigning to give young people a fairer image at The Ritz London.

He also called on young people “not to do a Russell Brand” and vote in the general election.

Tony also thanked The Ritz for donating the reception – held in the famous hotel’s Music Room – and praised its staff for “serving us so smoothly and efficiently”.

This is his full speech:

“It is 10 years since I ran my first Young People

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YOPEY's main aims and objectives

On the Charity Commission's website, YOPEY’s Activities are listed as:
We run campaigns to combat the bad press inflicted on young people by revealing, recognising and rewarding young unsung heroes and setting them up as positive role models (PRMs) for other young people to copy. These campaigns are usually held in a single counties but we have done larger areas, such as the whole of the UK for a magazine in 2008, and smaller areas, such as a town or council district.

The Charity Commission lists YOPEY’s Charitable Objects as:

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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 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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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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