The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited, highly diverse young people from all across America. Each year the prize honors outstanding young leaders aged 8–18 who make a significant positive difference to people, their communities, and the environment. The winners each receive $5,000 to support their service work or higher education. Applicants must currently be working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months. They should be motivated not solely to complete an assignment for school or work; rather, they should show initiative, tenacity, and unselfishness in pursuit of their goals while accomplishing something that has inspirational value and an impact on the world beyond them. Interested applicants will find this opportunity on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
The Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award recognizes service-learning programs, including projects with long-term impact, which demonstrate outstanding youth leadership. The National Youth Leadership Council is seeking youth teams representing K–12 service-learning programs in which the service learning is tied to the curricula.
Inspired by a miserable experience of being bullied in middle school, 16-year-old Natalie Hampton created Sit With Us, a freesocial networking app for the iPad and iPhone, to promote kindness and inclusion in schools.