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“It was Life-Changing for Me”:
Former Winners Reflect on the Impact of Winning the Barron Prize
Founded GOALS (Giving Opportunities to All who Love Soccer), a non-profit soccer program for kids with special needs
Led a successful environmental legislation campaign in Canada for several years
My brother and I were honored to win the Barron Prize. When we did, many opportunities opened up for us to spread our environmental rights message to new audiences and to create greater ripples of change. We felt that more people were open to listening to what we, as young people, had to say. We felt that we — and our work — were given more respect by children and adults alike.
We are forever grateful to the Barron Prize for believing what we do is important and for their ongoing support!
Founded Project I Am to help the homeless in Chicago by distributing more than 15,000 Blessing Bags to those in need
Founded Be Brave for Life which has raised more than $500,000 for benign brain tumor research
Founded Grow Healthy which builds community gardens to provide healthy food options to low income families in food deserts
Like many youth focused on improving our communities, I have faced several challenges – especially in funding my project – but each challenge strengthened my commitment to continue doing my best work. It is so wonderful that the Barron Prize exists and continues to recognize young people who make a difference. It has been a great opportunity for me.
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.