“I was impressed by the young age of the applicants, their strong perseverance, and creative uses of technology in making a difference in people’s lives.”

– Shawn, 2016 Selection Committee Member

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“The projects that young people undertake become a little bit grander in scale and in connectedness to the world around them each year.”

– Ashley, 2016 Selection Committee Member

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“Innovative, courageous, and empathetic!”

– Shawn, 2016 Selection Committee Member on this year’s winners

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“Overall, the applications give me a lot of hope in the creative power of the next generation.”

– Ashley, 2016 Selection Committee Member

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Years since Inception

Number of Young People Honored

Money Raised By Winners
plus D. C. & Canada

The Winners

Of the 391 young people awarded the Barron Prize, 161 have been young men and 230 young women. The youngest winner was just 8 years old.

Their Contribution

Our winners have raised more than $17.5 MILLION dollars for their causes – ranging from humanitarian efforts to environmental projects.

Their Projects

Of the young people honored by the Barron Prize since its inception, 252 have done humanitarian service work, and 139 have done environmental service work.

“We need heroes today more than ever.” – T. A. Barron


2016 Winner

Environmental Filmmaker

Maya created 400 PPM, a documentary film that tells the story of her expedition to the Arctic where she witnessed climate change firsthand.

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2015 Winner

Inventor, Scientist

Deepika created a practical, low cost, and sustainable method to purify water using solar power.

More 2015 Winners


2014 Winner

L.A.S.T. (Love A Sea Turtle)

Casey has raised over $370,000 for sea turtle protection and has educated thousands about the need to protect the planet.

More 2014 Winners


2013 Winner

Greening Forward

Charles created a non-profit that provides grants, networking, and mentoring to young environmental leaders to help them put their ideas into action.

More 2013 Winners


2012 Winner

Dream of a Better World

Jackson founded a non-profit that has raised over $105,000 to help children in need around the world.

More 2012 Winners

Winning the Barron Prize…made me feel like my project was important. I felt like people realized even though I was so young I made a difference for someone. Helping others is very rewarding and special.


2014 Winner, Warming Families Makes Cents

A hero is someone who follows his conscience to do the right thing and who plants the seeds of change, compassion, goodwill, service, and generosity.


2004 Winner, Garden Angels

Winning the Barron Prize was an incredible honor. It gave me the courage to continue my work and the knowledge that the work that I am doing is important and can really make a difference.


2005 Winner, Peruvian Hearts

A hero uses their abilities to make a positive difference in the life of another person. Heroes don’t let factors like age, economic status, or even physical limitations hold them back from trying to make the world a better place.


2012 Winner, Puzzles to Remember

T. A. Barron

T. A. Barron

Author T. A. Barron founded the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes in 2001 and named the prize after his mother, a quiet hero in his own life. A long-time advocate of the power of youth, Barron writes about fictional young heroes in his novels, but champions inspiring young people in real life. He is the author of more than 30 highly acclaimed books and the winner of the de Grummond Medallion for “lifetime contribution to the field of children’s and young adult literature,” among other awards.    www.TABarron.com

Gloria Barron

Gloria Barron

The Barron Prize is named after T. A. Barron’s mother, Gloria Barron. An unsung hero, Gloria worked for over twenty years to create a unique nature museum at the Colorado School for the Blind—a museum where everything can be touched. She lived the life of a teacher who cared deeply about her children and her community. Gloria instilled in each of her seven children the idea that one individual can make a lasting difference in the lives of others.


The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.


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