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How to Change the World: Words of Wisdom from Recent Barron Prize Winners
And so, we asked a handful of recent Barron Prize winners, “If you could offer a bit of advice to other young people looking to launch a service project or expand an existing one, what would you say?” Here are the wise words they offered:
You’re young, so you can ask anyone anywhere for help, and they’ll want to help you. You’ll never have less to lose! We the young people of the world live in a completely different world from the older authority figures in our lives, and we approach problems in a completely novel way because of it. The world needs more of you.
2017 Winner, Founder of Get2Greater
Improving access to medical care in developing countries
Some of my best partnerships have also come from small local businesses. They don’t have the budget to create a social responsibility program, so create one for them that supports your cause! You can provide meaningful content for them to share on social media, and they can promote and support your work.
2013 Winner, Founder of LemonAID Warriors
Author of PhilanthroParties!: A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back
Even if you think your idea seems completely ridiculous or unfeasible, don’t give it up right away. See if there’s a way to refine or tweak it to make it feasible. Don’t bite off more than you can handle. Start off small, then work towards your ultimate goal (although you may not necessarily end up where you initially intended to go).
2017 Winner, Founder of STEMup4Youth
Provides interactive STEM activities to economically disadvantaged children
Additionally, when considering project expansion, quality control is of essence. Design an easily implementable system which doesn’t compromise the project’s values or intentions. Spend time considering if expansion is actually feasible, and don’t feel afraid to reach out to others for help. If not for the guidance and mentorship from peers and adults, my expansion efforts would not have succeeded.
2017 Winner, Founder of Bags of Books
Distributes gently-used and new children’s books to children in underprivileged communities
2017 Winner, Founder of Ray United FC
Funds and organizes soccer training and health education camps for children in Uganda
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.