Applications open for the 2022 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes


The online application process for the 2022 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is now open.

The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from across the U.S. and Canada. Established in 2001 by author T. A. Barron, the prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8-18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education.

These young people are as diverse as their service projects. They are female and male, urban and rural, and from a wide variety of backgrounds. Examples include Jaclyn, who triumphed over brain cancer and then worked to help other critically ill children; Ryan, who helped provide clean drinking water to more than 70 African villages; Michaella, who organized a rodeo for kids with disabilities; Joying, who cleaned up South Carolina’s beaches; Shawn, who organized his neighborhood to build a community garden; and Barbara, who created a successful motor oil recycling project in rural Texas.

The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are, on the April 15 deadline:

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

For application requirements, selection criteria and to apply, visit the Barron Prize for Young Heroes webpage. Applicants will be notified in early September if they are selected as a winner.