“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
Years since Inception
Number of Young People Honored
plus D. C. & Canada
Of the 417 young people honored by the Barron Prize, 173 have been young men and 244 young women. The youngest winner was just 8 years old.
Our winners have raised more than $19 MILLION dollars for their causes – ranging from humanitarian efforts to environmental projects.
Of the young people honored by the Barron Prize since its inception, 268 have done humanitarian service work, and 149 have done environmental service work.
“We need heroes today more than ever.” – T. A. Barron
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.Anna
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.Shawn
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.Ana
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.Max
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.
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.