Are you a young leader between the ages 8 to 18 who has made a significant difference to people and the environment? Then you should apply for the 2021 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes and stand a chance to win a $10,000 award plus other benefits.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2021


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  • Winners each get $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project.
  • Each winner receives a beautiful personalized plaque and recognition certificate.
  • Each winner receives a signed copy of The Hero’s Trail by Barron Prize founder T.A. Barron, along with a copy of Dream Big, a documentary film profiling several former Barron Prize winners. 
  • Winners also receive the Young Heroes Activity Guide and Bibliography 
  • Winners are given the opportunity to connect with other Barron Prize honorees through our Young Heroes online forum.
  • Winners are provided with numerous media opportunities-print, television and radio to publicize and extend the reach of their service work.


The Barron Prize is open to public-spirited young people who are:

  • Between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)
  • Permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A or Canada.
  • Currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months.
  • Working as an individual to lead their service work. 

Specifications/ Terms and conditions

The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people.

Members of the applicant’s family cannot act as a Lead Reference nor write the other two required letters of recommendation.

Winners must have:

  • Organized and led an extraordinary service activity which has clearly benefited other people or the planet we share.
    • The service activity must have been initiated and motivated primarily by the winner himself or herself
    • The service activity cannot have been done solely to complete an assignment for school or work.
  • Demonstrated positive spirit courage. intelligence, generosity, and high moral purpose.
  • Demonstrated  a shown initiative, tenacity, and unselfishness in pursuit of their goals.
  • Accomplished something with inspirational value, something that could inspire others to make a difference.
  • Done more than survive a difficult personal challenge. Their heroism must have made an impact on the world beyond themselves.

Free Worksheet and Checklist

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Application Instructions

Applications should be completed and submitted here.

  • Applications must include a letter from the Lead Reference. 

P.S: A Lead Reference is simply an adult advocate who has solid knowledge of the young person’s heroic activities. Examples of Lead References include teachers, librarians, school counselors, youth service officials, and religious leaders.

  • Applications must also include two additional letters of recommendation.

About the Gloria Barron Prize

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.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline is  5:00 PM MT on April 15, 2021

Mid-september 2021- Winners announced via barron prize website and social media.

Early september 2021- Applicants notified by email as to whether or not they have been selected as a winner

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