T. A. Barron Introduces Inspiring Young Heroes


Inspiring Young Heroes features a collection of short videos highlighting the life-changing work of everyday young people. Through their own words, amazing kids narrate their personal journey and show how one person – no matter what age or circumstance – has the power to make a difference. These former Barron Prize winners and their stories will empower everyone to take that first step to make a positive impact on society and our planet.

Parents, teachers, and people of all ages will be inspired by these videos to make changes – big and small – in their communities and in the world! We hope you love these videos of inspiring kids as much as we do, and that you’ll spread them around the globe. It only takes a small spark of goodness to create a flame of positive change that this world needs more than ever.

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Katherine McPhie &
Milan Narula

Katherine and Milan founded Open Sesame Coding for Kids to give children facing homelessness or domestic violence a skill that could help open the door to a brighter future. More…

Shreya Ramachandran

Shreya founded The Grey Water Project to support water conservation efforts in California and beyond. She first learned how to use grey water in her home and has now developed a curriculum to teach others how to use it. More…

Robbie Bond

Robbie loves our national parks and monuments so much he created Kids Speak for Parks. He travels to schools around the country to create an army of kids who are just as passionate about visiting and protecting our national treasures. More…


White logo features a circular, stylized glacier lily surrounding the words Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, a program of the nonprofit organization Young Heroes Project, has been honoring inspiring young people for more than 20 years. Almost 500 school-aged boys and girls from all 50 states (and Canada, too) have been recognized throughout the years. Dedicated to bettering the world and their communities, these young heroes have created diverse projects that aim to save the planet…or save a little slice of their hometowns.

When we realized the 20th anniversary of the Barron Prize was approaching, and coinciding with great challenges facing our country and our planet, we knew we had to bring our young heroes’ stories to life. Each year, the winners of the prize inspire us – and the people in their communities – to be better. And now, through this collection of short videos, the world can see their stories and be inspired, too!

Please visit to learn more, and encourage the young heroes in your life to apply.

Inspiring Young Heroes features videos of inspiring kids. These videos highlight the life-changing work of everyday young people who tell their stories and show how one person – no matter what age or circumstance – has the power to make a difference.