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The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Awards will be given to those who have demonstrated positive spirit, courage, intelligence, generosity, and high moral purpose; shown initiative, tenacity, and unselfishness in pursuit of their goals; accomplished something with inspirational value—something that could inspire others to make a difference; or do more than survive a difficult personal challenge. The service activity must have been initiated and motivated primarily by the winner and cannot have been done solely to complete an assignment for school or work. Recipients will receive an awards package including $10,000 for their higher education or service project, recognition gifts, Young Heroes materials, networking opportunities, and media coverage.  Deadline is April 16, 2022. To learn more, click here

2022 Congressional Art Competitionarea high school students are invited to participate in the 2022 Annual Third Congressional District High School Art Competition. An Artistic Discovery is a nationwide program coordinated by Members of the United States House of Representatives to recognize the artistic talents of our youth. The nationwide competition involves more than 50,000 talented high school students. The contest is open to all high school students that reside in Virginia’s third congressional district. Acceptable entries may include, but are not limited to, paintings, drawings, and photography. The first-place entry for each congressional district will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol Building for an entire year, where it will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Capitol. The 2022 rules and regulations can be found HERE. All entries can be submitted electronically via email to: by Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Everyday Young Heroes are young people, ages 5-25, who are improving their communities through service to others. Each week, the YSA Team selects one young person to receive this honor. Projects can provide a direct service, be philanthropic, or raise awareness or advocacy around a particular community need. To learn more, click here.

Do Something – multiple scholarship opportunities available throughout the year. To learn more, click here.