The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Their leadership and courage make them true heroes—and inspirations to us all. Each year, the Barron Prize honors twenty-five young people nationwide.
Congratulations to Girl Scouts Christina, Rhiannon and Madison, who have recently been awarded the 2011 Barron Prize. Christina led a team of Girl Scouts in designing, fundraising for, and building the $275,000 Butterfly Boutique at the Chrysalis House, a long-term residential treatment facility that provides drug and alcohol rehabilitation to low-income women. Christina's Butterfly Boutique features a resale store on the first level and a job skills training center on the second. Income from the boutique supports residents and their recovery program.
Rhiannon and Madison are working to save the endangered orangutan, whose habitat is being destroyed by the production of palm oil, and have focused largely on lobbying Girl Scouts to remove palm oil from Girl Scout cookies. The girls began their crusade as 11-year-olds, when they created Project ORANGS (Orangutans Really Appreciate and Need Girl Scouts) as a way to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award. Inspired by their hero, Jane Goodall, and working with her Roots and Shoots group for young conservationists, the girls began researching orangutans and fundraising to save them.
Congratulations Christina, Rhiannon and Madison!