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The Congressional Award

The Congressional Award provides opportunities for young people to unleash their potential by achieving personal goals focused on volunteerism, character development, and fitness.

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive.

History

The United States Congress established The Congressional Award in 1979 to recognize initiative, service, and achievement in young people. It began as a bipartisan effort in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. The original bill was sponsored by Senator Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming and Congressman James Howard of New Jersey.

The enabling legislation (Public Law 96-114) established The Congressional Award as a private-public partnership, which receives all funding from the private sector. The legislation was originally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald J. Trump have each signed continuing legislation.

The Congressional Award History

You can earn The Congressional Award.

Regardless of your situation, you can earn The Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.
The Congressional Award Program Eligibility

The program is open to all youth in the US between the ages of 14 and 24 regardless of ability, circumstance, or socioeconomic status.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

Participants are eligible to register with the Award at 13 1/2 years old. Participants are eligible to submit completed record book applications when they reach the age of 14 years old.

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive.

The Congressional Award Program Move at Your Own Pace

Earning The Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time.

You move at your own pace, on your own or with your friends. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for setting goals, creating an action plan, and meeting the challenge.

Activities

Set your goals. Earn the Award.

Voluntary Public Service
Voluntary Public Service is meant to provide opportunities for you to dive into your community with hands-on volunteer experiences.

Personal Development
Personal Development is a chance for you to explore a new interest or work to improve your skills in an existing hobby.

Physical Fitness
Activities for physical fitness should occur outside of a participant’s regular routine.


Exploration or Expedition
An Expedition or Exploration should be a new, unique experience.

For more information at The Congressional Award Website:

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