The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited, highly diverse young people from all across America. Each year, the prize honors outstanding young leaders aged 8 to 18 that have made a significant positive difference to people, their communities, and the environment. The top winners each receive a cash award to support their service work or higher education.
Winners must have organized and led an extraordinary service activity that has clearly benefited other people or the planet. The service activity must have been initiated and motivated primarily by the winner himself or herself and should not have been done solely to complete an assignment for school or work. Winners must have demonstrated positive spirit, courage, intelligence, generosity, and high moral purpose. They must have shown initiative, tenacity, and unselfishness in pursuit of their goals while accomplishing something with inspirational value and something that has an impact on the world beyond them.
In addition to the cash award, winners receive a plaque and certificate of recognition; a signed copy of “The Hero’s Trail,” by prize founder T.A. Barron; a copy of “Dream Big,” a documentary film featuring several prize winners; and a heroes activity guide and bibliography. Winners may also have the opportunity to be paired with an adult mentor who is passionate about and working in the winner’s area of interest and to connect with other prizewinners through the Young Heroes online forum. In addition, winners receive numerous media opportunities in print, television, and radio.
Applicants must submit a complete nomination packet, including a letter of reference from an adult advocate who has solid knowledge of the young person’s heroic activities, such as a teacher, librarian, school counselor, youth service official, or religious leader. Applications are accepted electronically.
Deadline: April 15
More info and apply here: http://barronprize.org/apply/