The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is looking for impactful youth leaders across the U.S. and Canada. Applications for the prestigious 2023 award is open through April 15, and winners will be announced in September.
Established in 2001 by author T. A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education.
Over the past two decades, the Barron Prize has honored more than 500 young leaders. Those students have helped the hungry and the homeless, invented life-saving technologies, worked to protect our oceans and endangered species and addressed climate change and other issues. Students have raised more than $26 million for their causes and have inspired countless people by their example.
“Nothing is more inspiring than stories about heroic people who have truly made a difference to the world,” Barron says. “And we need our heroes today more than ever. Not celebrities, but true heroes — people whose character can inspire us all. That is the purpose of the Barron Prize: to share positive examples of heroism with as many young people as possible.”
Since its inception, the Barron Prize has awarded more than half a million dollars to young leaders and has won the support of organizations such as Girl Scouts of the USA, Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots and Youth Service America.
Learn more and apply online at barronprize.org.