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.


Will Charouhis

Will was motivated to begin his A Million Mangroves project after getting a used Kayak during the pandemic. He realized that mangrove forests around his home were filled with trash and felt motivated to help clean them up. More…

Austin Picinich

Austin created Save Our Salmon Through Art to raise awareness for salmon restoration in North Lake Washington creeks, brighten up the community with vibrant art, and involve community in its creation. More…

Olivia Seltzer

Olivia created The Cramm, a daily digital newsletter that summarizes the news for Gen Z since “you can’t change the world unless you know about it.” 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.