Jasmine Babers, 18, of Rock Island is among the 2014 winners of the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. The prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the planet.
Babers is the founder of Love, GIRLS Magazine, a quarterly magazine to help teenagers build confidence, become leaders and pursue their dreams. She discovered her passion for fostering self-esteem after witnessing her friends being bullied online. At the age of 15, she decided to utilize her talents in journalism, graphic design and photography to create and launch the magazine.
Over the past two years, distribution for the magazine has expanded from Illinois and Iowa to Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 5,000 girls.
She also has led community-wide events to bring awareness to the impact of bullying and low self-esteem in girls.
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is in association with National Geographic Education Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA, Earth Force, the Jane Goodall Institute, Youth Service America and Student Conservation Association.