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“It Put Us on the Map”: A Former Barron Prize Winner and Current Judge Shares the Significance of Winning the Barron Prize
In the 17 years since, Ashley has worked tirelessly to develop AfricAid into a highly-regarded non-profit that is providing young women in Africa with the opportunity to transform their own lives and the futures of their communities. We so admire her continuing commitment to her cause and so appreciate her help as a Barron Prize judge.
Ashley recently shared with us what winning the Barron Prize has meant to her.
When I was finally able to start AfricAid to support girls’ education there, I was unsure of how much of a difference we could make – although I was hopeful. The Barron Prize truly put us on the map and gave AfricAid the credibility we needed to more confidently ask people to join with us and believe in us. Perhaps more importantly, it gave me the confidence that this could truly be “something” and I could truly be “something.” I honestly don’t know if AfricAid would be where it is today (17 years later!) if it weren’t for the Barron Prize, and I certainly don’t know that I would have followed my path and heart in the same way either.
Finally, I will just say that the Barron Prize stands for so much that is good in this world: hope, kindness, generosity, and the belief that everyone can be special and heroic in their own ways (even if not obvious on the surface to others). For me, it’s truly special to get to be a part of something — and a part of a group of people — that see and approach the world in that way.