No matter if you are looking back or ahead, 2021 has 15 young heroes who will lift your spirits.
They are the 2021 winners of this year’s Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes– A national award that honors inspiring, public-spirited young people across the United States and Canada. Several of this years top winners are pursuing green projects.
In 2001, author established the Barron Prize T. A. BarronShe writes for children and young adults. Each year, 15 top recipients receive $10,000 to support their higher education or service work. Ten other honorees are also recognized.
Barron stated in a news release that when I look at the achievements of these young people and the scale of their accomplishments, I feel overwhelmed and grateful. They work hard to make what they love a reality, and are an inspiration to all of us.
Sixteen of the 15 most recent winners were awarded for projects that benefit the natural environment.
Adarsh ambati, 16 California, the founder The Green Environment Initiatives to design solutions for environmental crises and provide STEM education for underserved students. According to Barron Prize organizers Adarsh created a smart sprinkler system which conserves water and developed an inexpensive method to test amphibians’ health.
Alexandra CollinsIllinois, 17-year-old who cofounded Students Against Ethylene OxideA nonprofit that won the fight to ban emissions of a carcinogenic chemical from a local company. The group then tackled the substance’s use. Cosmetics.
Duncan JurmanFlorida, 18-year-old who is currently working to Bring Butterflies backThrough education, conservation, research. More than 10,000 butterflies have been able to benefit.
Miles Fetherston – ReschAt 9 years old, he raised more than $18,000 for his family. Oceans for KidsSelling t-shirts and hats made from recycled or sustainable materials.
He started the non-profit in Florida to support ocean, beaches and marine conservation and to educate other kids about conserving the seas. He is aiming for $1 million by the time he turns 18.
Sonja Michaluk17 New Jersey residents who created a New bioassessment method to protect wetlands and drinking water sources. The data she collected was used to protect a local stream from a proposal. natural gas pipeline.
Last but not least: Vivian Wang, 18 of California, who co-founded Linens N Love, a non-profit that rescues gently used hotel linens and donates them directly to shelters that support women, children, veterans, and animals. These are our PartnersHotel chains such as Embassy Suites and Marriott are examples of this. Vivian states that hotel linens with minor imperfections, such as coffee stains, are sent to landfills and contribute to harmful greenhouse gases. We reuse the linens instead.
These are just some highlights from 15 winners. More details are available on the Barron Prize website. There are also a Where are They Now?Page with information about previous winners.
I have learned to appreciate the importance of perseverance when faced with adversity. Adarsh, the first of six highlighted above, comments on the 2021 winners page.
I have also discovered that even teenagers can make a significant impact on the world through advocacy, education, and innovation.
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