Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models
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Publication aimed at young people who struggled during pandemic

9th May 2022 | News

This charity’s founder – Tony Gearing MBE – saw young people struggling with their mental health during the pandemic. They feared the disruption of their education had destroyed their future, and many still do.

Tony wondered what he could do to help… From 2004 to 2017 he ran Young People of the Year awards which celebrated young positive role models. He realised they could be role models for a new generation.

He contacted about 20 past Young People of the Year and asked what is the worst thing you have overcome in your life?

The result is a digital publication that is full of awesome, real-life stories of resilience by young adults including a young black girl whose close cousin was shot dead by a drug gang. That girl is now a woman and is a barrister who prosecutes criminal cases and has volunteered at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. A young man quit university because of mental ill health, before the pandemic, and is now working for a premiership football club in his dream job.

Tony believes these inspiring stories of overcoming adversity will help young people realise they can get their lives back on track, and still achieve their goals.

In return for a donation, for as little as £1, to YOPEY, you can download a copy here

Please then share it with any young people you think it could help…