“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, Selection Committee Member
“The projects that young people undertake become a little bit grander in scale and in connectedness to the world around them each year.”
– Ashley, Selection Committee Member
Years since Inception
Number of Young People Honored
plus D. C. & Canada
The Nereid Project
Laalitya invented Nereid, a low-cost, globally applicable device that can detect water contamination within seconds.
Michael uses his love of baking to help others. For every sweet treat he sells, he donates one to someone in need. He has also distributed thousands of healthy non-perishable snacks to underserved kids through his P.L.L.A.T.E. initiative.
Youth Vs Apocalypse
Isha co-founded Youth Vs. Apocalypse (YVA) which works to lift the voices of youth – in particular, youth of color – in the fight for a livable climate and equitable world.
Bridge Tutoring Program
Armando created the Bridge Tutoring Program which provides students in under-resourced communities with free, weekly, after-school tutoring and mentorship.
Pearl and Addy
Meating the Need for Our Village
Pearl and Addy have raised and donated 10,000 pounds of meat, 2,000 gallons of milk, and 200 dozen eggs, making a $56,000 impact in their community.
Joshua’s non-profit has distributed more than 1.5 million pounds of food to over 350,000 individuals in South Florida, Jamaica, Africa, India, and the Philippines.
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
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.