The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes welcomes applications from public-spirited young people and honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Their leadership and courage make them true heroes - and inspirations to us all. Applicants must be 8 to 18 years of age and must be permanent residents of the U.S or Canada, and must be currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months.
The Barron Prize accepts applications from individuals, and not from large groups of young people. Fifteen of the top recipients will each win a $10,000 cash award to support their public service efforts or higher education endeavors, as well as a personalized plaque and certificate. Winners will also be given exclusive networking and media coverage opportunities, including print, television, and radio to spread awareness of their work.
Since its inception, the Barron Prize has awarded more than half a million dollars to hundreds of young heroes who represent the great diversity of America. The Prize has won the support of Girl Scouts of the USA, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, The Wilderness Society, and National Youth Leadership Council, among other organizations. The Barron Prize does not discriminate against its applicants based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.