Congressional Award Program

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress' award for young Americans. Congress established the Congressional Award in 1979 to recognize initiative, achievement and service in young people. It began as a bipartisan effort in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. 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. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals.

The Congressional Award is a program every student can participate in. There are no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

I believe that civic engagement by young leaders is an integral part of communities and government. The Congressional Award's outlined goals help foster character building, community service, personal development, and engaged citizenship, and ultimately, engaged young leaders in our community.

For more information and directions on how to apply, please visit the Congressional Award website or call my office at (212) 860-0606.