Emily Scotcher, co-ordinator of Isle of Wight youth website yoppul, celebrates it's first birthday with a specially made cake.
YOPPUL, the Isle of Wight's online hub for under-25s, celebrated its first birthday today (Wednesday).
The website, created by the Isle of Wight County Press, is now delivering news, reviews and features to thousands of young Islanders each month via www.yoppul.co.uk, Twitter and Facebook.
Co-ordinator Emily Scotcher said: "One of our main aims when the site launched was to encourage fresh writing talent to pen material for the site.
"Fifty-four contributors have written for the site in its first year, and the site we're looking to increase that over year two."
Over the last year, yoppul has been involved with several major Isle of Wight events and organisations, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival, UKSA and Quay Arts, and has been working to promote the talents of young people.
Emily said: "Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the past year, especially all those who have contributed stories and pictures, the success of yoppul is in no small part down to them."
Among those to have contributed in the first year was Sarah-Louise Jones, who has since gone on to land a placement with London record label One Little Indian.
The 21 year old said: "A few months after yoppul took to creating an online presence, I jumped at the chance of contributing to the music section!
"I love music, writing, reviewing and the media so what better way of building my portfolio than starting with yoppul? It's been a fantastic opportunity for me and it's a brilliant site to start you on your career path. It's an Island-based online site built for the young community in mind, you'd be silly not to have a say and get involved!"
Visit yoppul.co.uk and follow yoppul on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates, or e-mail email@example.com for more information about contributing.