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Children's Author Tells America's Youth To 'Dream Big' By Inspiring The Hero In Every Child
Date:9/15/2009

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A hero, according to Webster, is "a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability." According to T.A. Barron, leading children's book author, "A hero is any person from any background who can make a positive difference in the world. Young people need to know their power to be heroic." To inspire young people to realize their potential for heroic greatness, Mr. Barron founded the Barron Prize for Young Heroes in 1999.

Every year, the Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors ten young leaders, ages 8 to 18, who have made a significant difference in the lives of others. Recipients of the Barron Prize each receive a cash stipend of $2,500 to be applied to their education or service project.

"As an author I have found great pleasure in writing novels for children about wise and courageous heroes," says T.A. Barron. "As the founder of the Barron Prize for Young Heroes, named for my mother, I find even greater pleasure in turning the spotlight on America's heroic kids. I marvel at the differences that these young heroes are making in positively impacting the lives of others and the environment."

The 2009 recipients of the Barron Prize for Young Heroes include:

Emily Conrad, age 16, of Spartanburg, SC, who founded the "Need to Read Book Club," a group of reading enthusiasts that has raised almost $16,000 in order to buy and distribute over 2,500 new children's books.

Alexander Epstein, age 18, of New York, NY, who founded "New York to New Orleans" (NY2NO), a non-profit group that has organized 15 trips for nearly 500 students from 35 New York City high schools to volunteer in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

Sejal Hathi, age 17, of Fremont, CA, who founded "Girls Helping Girls," a non-profit group that has trained over 5,000 girls in
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