The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes across America

Deadline: April 30, 2013

Applications are now invited for the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. The prize, which celebrates inspiring, public-spirited, highly diverse young people from all across America was founded by author T. A. Barron in 2000 in honor of his mother. He founded the Prize to share the stories of such inspiring young people and named it after his mother, who was a quiet hero in his own life.

Every year, the Barron Prize honors 25 inspiring young people ages 8 to 18, who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. These young people reflect great diversity: They are female and male, urban and rural, and from many races and backgrounds. The primary goal of the Prize is to shine the spotlight on these amazing young people so that their stories will inspire others.


Winners of the Barron Prize receive:

  • $2,500 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project
  • a recognition plaque
  • a certificate of recognition
  • a signed copy of The Hero’s Trail, by Barron Prize founder T.A. Barron
  • a copy of Dream Big, our new documentary film featuring several Barron Prize winners
  • a heroes study guide, curriculum, and bibliography
  • the opportunity to be paired with an adult mentor who is passionate about and working in the winner’s area of interest
  • the opportunity to connect with other Barron Prize winners through the Young Heroes Listserv
  • numerous media opportunities – print, television, and radio

Eligibility requirements are available in the ‘click here’ link below.

For more information, click here.