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Crafting a Winning Application: Tips from Former Barron Prize Young Heroes
Ruby, Age 11
Founder – Three Wishes for Ruby’s Residents
When finding people to write your letters of recommendation, make sure they truly know you and your project. Also, think big. You might be focused on helping a small community but consider how to make your solution larger, so that it serves more people. Do your best to convey why the problem you’re tackling is so important. Even though these problems seem like something only a team of adults can help solve, the truth is, anyone can do it. Because we are young, people listen to our voices. Make sure that when you apply, you convey this idea in the most meaningful way possible.
Anna, Age 13
Inventor and Creator – Deep Plastics Initiative
If you can, try to get a person who benefited from your project to write a recommendation to show the impact that was created by your work.
See if a teacher or a mentor of sorts will recommend you, as well. Having someone who sees you constantly and knows your personality is helpful!
Addison, Age 11
Founder – Gorilla Heroes
Another tip: don’t procrastinate! Even if it seems ridiculously early to start preparing or thinking about your responses and essay or getting the letters of recommendation, start now! It’s much better to be prepared way in advance than to rush last minute and hope it all comes together. Finally, have faith in the work you’re doing and communicate your passion for it in your application.
Grace, Age 14
Founder – The We Cancerve Movement
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.