Category 'For Young Heroes'


Celebrating Summer Sparks!

When you think “summer” you likely think of long lazy days… maybe it puts you in mind of holiday beaches, or fun family camping, or perhaps it simply signals it’s time to shed your winter layers and savor the warm weather. But when you’re a parent, summer can also bring challenges, including a chorus of…

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Let’s Double Down on Goodness

These are dark times.  In our country and our world, we’re surrounded by divisiveness, greed, mean-spiritedness, hatred, cynicism, fear, and rage.  So much so, the darkness sometimes threatens to cover us all in shadows. That’s why we need to double down on goodness. Each of us has that power.  Even if we don’t remember that,…

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Outstanding Young Leaders — Introducing The 2017 Barron Prize Winners

Real heroes are those who overcome obstacles to make real, positive changes in the world. Their stories help to inspire us with evidence of the power of people just like ourselves who have worked to change things for the better. For over 15 years the Barron Prize has celebrated heroic young people, and this year…

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Live Your Life as a Story

These remarks were given as part of my address to the graduating class of the University of California Santa Barbara in June 2017. If you folks like a good story, as I do – then try this: Think of your life as a story. A Story You Create Yourself My own story is one with…

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Inspiring Change Makers

Inspiring Change Makers

September 28, 2016 | Under For Young Heroes | Posted by | No Comments

Seasons are a revolving gift—continually different from what has gone before and what will come after. They are the ultimate change makers, with varied weather, foods, holidays, flora, fauna, and activities for us all. Plus a special seasonal magic. In autumn, now upon us, nature transforms the landscape with a spectacular array of colors, bringing…

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Outstanding Young Leaders: <br />Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Barron Prize

We need heroes today more than ever — not celebrities, but real heroes. And while we tend to hear a lot about entertainers, athletes, and media moguls in the headlines, the world often seems to ignore the extraordinary work done every day by people just like you and me. These are the people not out…

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Former Barron Prize Winners<br />Helping the Next Generation

One of the most exciting things about the Barron Prize is seeing young people whose projects have been honored continue to make a positive impact on our world. Some of our former winners have even chosen to help the Barron Prize in its mission to honor young heroes! Each year, our selection committee includes youth and…

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Graduates: Follow Your Dreams, Make a Difference

Practical Advice for Grads I’ve always loved a good story. As a kid, I dreamed up stories and poems, sometimes to avoid doing homework, sometimes just for the fun of messing around with words. My first real story, written when I was seven or eight, was called—wait for it—Autobiography of a Big Tree. Commencement speakers…

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What Does it Mean to be a Hero?

What Does it Mean to be a Hero?

September 23, 2015 | Under For Young Heroes | Posted by | 2 Comments

Prior to this week’s announcement of the 2015 winners of the Barron Prize, I asked my Facebook fans to share with me their ideas around heroes and heroism. Many of today’s popular movies and television shows focus on superheroes — people with exceptional strength, speed, or other super-human abilities — but I have always been…

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The Power of the Barron Prize

Being recognized by the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes comes with a number of perks – a cash award, of course, to support the winner’s service work or higher education, as well as the chance to have the winners’ efforts profiled through media and news organizations. But beyond the initial award, being part of…

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