The annual Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is now open to applicants ages 8 to 18 across the U.S. and Canada. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the prize honors 25 young leaders who have made a positive difference to people and the environment.
Fifteen winners receive $10,000 each to support their service work or higher education. Online applications are due April 15, and winners will be announced in September. Young people honored over the past two decades include a student who helped provide clean drinking water to more than 70 African villages and one who organized a rodeo for kids with disabilities. Last year’s winners included Irvine residents Katherine McPhie and Milan Narula, who co-founded Open Sesame Coding for Kids to teach computer programming skills to children in homeless and domestic violence shelters.
As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the competition will present the Young Heroes Summit, bringing together past winners to share their experiences and inspire today’s youth. The two-day summit will take place Oct. 1-2 in Boulder, Colo., and will be accessible to schools across the country via Livestream.
To learn more and apply online, visit www.barronprize.org.