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The Congressional Award. America’s Award for Youth. The Congressional Award . The Congressional Award is a public private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize achievement, initiative, and service in America's youth.

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The Congressional Award

America’s Award for Youth


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The Congressional Award

  • The Congressional Award is a public private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize achievement, initiative, and service in America's youth.

  • Youth ages 14 - 23 set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development, and citizenship.

Initiative, Achievement, Service


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Why participate?

  • Non-competitive, Voluntary program

  • Well – balanced, with four diverse areas

  • Provides tangible, formal recognition

  • Establishes community networks and links

  • Builds self-confidence, Esteem booster

  • Empowers young people

  • Fun! Youth choose their own activities


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Four Program Areas

  • Voluntary Public Service

  • Personal Development

  • Physical Fitness

  • Expedition/Exploration


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Voluntary Public Service

  • Sharing your time and talents with others is an important part of The Congressional Award program.

  • This requires sensitivity, perception of need, and determination.


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Voluntary Public Service Guidelines

  • Up to Four Different Goals

  • Spread Out Your Hours

  • Activities Must Benefit Community at Large

  • Public Organizations

  • Non Partisan


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Voluntary Public Service Sample Activities

  • Animal Care shelter work

  • Camp Volunteer

  • Beautification Projects

  • Library Work

  • Hospital Volunteer

  • Red Cross

  • Tutoring


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Personal Development

  • Expand your horizons while developing individual interests, social and life skills.

  • Pursue a new interest or advance to a higher level in an ongoing interest.


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Personal Development Guidelines

  • Up to two Different Goals

  • Measurable, Definite Task

  • Part-time Work if you are a Full-time Student

  • Educational Activities, if employed Full-Time.

  • Plan Individually or Part of a Group


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Personal Development Sample Activities

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Career Development

  • Conservation/Environment

  • Leadership Training

  • Creative Writing

  • Theatre/Acting

  • Language Study


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Physical Fitness

  • Improve your quality of life through participation in fitness activities.

  • The Congressional Award challenges you to achieve a measurable goal in a team sport or individual physical activity.


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Physical Fitness Guidelines

  • Up to two Different Goals

  • Goals cannot be Competitive

  • Goals should be Specific and Measurable

  • Include Current Fitness Level

  • Remember, Fitness Activities do not have to be Strenuous in Order to be Challenging


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Physical Fitness Sample Activities

  • Team Sports

  • Weight Lifting

  • Running, Jogging, or Walking

  • Skiing

  • Dance

  • Golf

  • Develop Your Own Work-out Routine


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Expedition/Exploration

  • Challenge yourself through an interaction with the wilderness or by immersing yourself in an unfamiliar culture.

  • The Congressional Award allows you to choose between an Expedition or Exploration.


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Expedition/Exploration Guidelines

  • Develop a Spirit of Adventure and Discovery

  • Organize, Prepare, Plan, Execute

  • Work Individually or as a part of a Team

  • Be Self-Sufficient

  • Inexpensive

  • Be Safe!


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Expedition/Exploration Sample Activities

  • Camping / Wilderness Hiking

  • Bicycle Tour

  • Visit a Museum

  • Study Abroad

  • Outward Bound

  • Visit a new city

  • Explore a new Environment


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Program Requirements

  • There are six levels of Award—Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. Each level is cumulative. Time spent on one Award is carried on to the next level.


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Program Requirements - Certificate Level

Bronze SilverGold

  • Voluntary Public Service306090

  • Personal Development153045

  • Physical Fitness153045

  • Expedition/Exploration OneTwo Three (number of days)

  • Minimum Total Hours60120180


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Program Requirements - Medal Level

Bronze Silver Gold

  • Voluntary Public Service100200400

  • Personal Development50100200

  • Physical Fitness50100200

  • Expedition/ExplorationOneTwoFour (number of consecutive overnights)

  • Minimum Total Hours200400800


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How Can I Participate?

Register & Choose an Advisor

Set Your Goals

Achieve Your Goals

Receive Your Award

Move to the Next Level


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Register

  • Fill out the Registration Form and Waiver. Mail to the National Office with the $10 Registration Fee

  • Or Register online at www.congressionalaward.org and follow the instructions


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Choose an Advisor

  • Select an Advisor to help guide you through the Congressional Award program.

  • Advisors can be anyone other than a parent or relative that is over the age of 18.

  • Examples of Advisors include neighbors, teachers, scoutmasters, guidance councelors, youth leaders, or coaches.


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Set Your Goals

  • Set goals in each of the four Program Areas with the help of your adult Advisor

  • Goals should be measurable, achievable, worthwhile, challenging and fulfilling

  • Use the Program Book as a guide when setting your goals


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Achieve Your Goals

  • Work at your own pace toward your goals

  • Keep accurate records such as timesheets, journals or write-ups

  • Record your hours and a description of your activities in your Congressional Award Record Book

  • Record Books are mailed directly to the participant and can be found on our website


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Receive Your Award

  • Once a participant has earned the Bronze or Silver Medal, a ceremony is planned locally in which the participant's Member of Congress presents The Award.


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Receive Your Award

  • Gold Medal earners are invited to come to Washington, D.C., to receive their Award in an annual ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.


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Move to the Next Level

  • Work with your Advisor to set new goals for the next level of the Award

  • You may select new activities or continue with your current goals and activities

  • Remember, all hours are cumulative



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