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the program

Participants who register for the Congressional Award have the opportunity to earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals.


Each level requires setting goals in four areas of focus: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

voluntary public service

Sharing time and talents for the benefit of others

Voluntary Public Service is meant to provide opportunities for you to dive into your community with hands-on volunteer experiences. This requires sensitivity, assessment of needs, and determination.

Voluntary Public Service

personal develop-ment

Pursuing a new interest or advancing in an ongoing interest

Personal Development is a chance for you to explore a new interest or work to improve your skills in an existing hobby. Your goal should be measurable and personally challenging.

Persoal Development

If the challenge speaks to you, take the next step.

Physical Fitness

Improving one's quality of life

Your goal should present a level of challenge and you should be able to show marked progress. You may continue an activity that you have participated in in the past, but be sure that your goal challenges you to develop or improve your skills. Physical Fitness goals do not need to be strenuous to be challenging. Furthermore, those with disabilities are given special consideration.

Physical Fitness

expedition/ exploration

Immersion in an unfamiliar environment or culture.

An Expedition/Exploration should be a new, unique experience. Your trip should require a level of immersion that enables you to leave your comfort zone/daily routine and discover the unfamiliar.


What are you waiting for? Make your talents and skills work for you!

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"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." - Lao Tzu


To earn such an honor, much is required of you. Do you have what it takes?

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