The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only award for youth. It is a non-partisan, voluntary, non-competitive program open to all ages 14- to 23-years old. Participants have the opportunity to earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals throughout their participation. Each level involves setting personal 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.
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.