Gold Medal Ceremony Toolkit

This summer Congress will celebrate the initiative, service, and achievement of 538 young people across 42 states and territories that have earned the highest honor Congress may bestow upon a youth civilian. The 2019 Gold Medal class is the largest in the program’s 40 year history, representing an unprecedented year of servant leadership.

This recognition event will take place in one day with three medal ceremonies on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress and their spouses, Gold Medalists and their family/friends, corporate and community leaders, and partnering organizations are encouraged to attend.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Gold Medal Ceremonies
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Congressional Auditorium

10:00 a.m. | Ceremony I
Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming.

12:30 p.m. | Ceremony II
Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

3:00 p.m. | Ceremony III
Arizona, Armed Services Abroad, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Contact
To RSVP or to ask questions about the event, contact Kirsten Gooden, Program Director, at 6-0130 or gooden@congressionalaward.org.


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In order to provide a meaningful experience for the Gold Medalists while they are in our nation’s capital, we have compiled some best practices for your office to recognize your young constituents.


ATTEND THE GOLD MEDAL CEREMONY
An official scheduling request will be sent to your office in late May, containing the exact 25 minute window in which the Member of Congress should present the constituent(s) with their award.

A complete listing of this year’s Gold Medalists may be found here.

In order to best prepare for the ceremony, view our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

 


PARTICIPATE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
Share the opportunity with your audience or post a photo of your meeting with the Gold Medalist.

You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Join the conversation by using #gold2019.

Direct your followers to www.congressionalaward.org.

 

 

 

 


ORGANIZE A TOUR
Contact your Gold Medalists to set-up a Capitol tour while they’re here for the ceremony. Even consider helping to arrange a White House tour if appropriate. Contact information for your Gold Medalists is provided with the scheduling request we send in mid-May.

Many of these young people are trekking across the country and/or may have never visited D.C. prior to this event. A personal touch like this goes a long way in making this a memorable experience.

 


HOST MEDALISTS IN YOUR OFFICE
Outside of the Ceremony time and other obligations, invite Gold Medalists and their families to your office for an intimate meeting.


ADD TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD
Commemorate your Gold Medalists by adding their achievement to the congressional record.

 

 

 


MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE HOUSE/SENATE FLOOR
Highlight your exceptional young constituents in front of your colleagues and peers by making a statement on the floor.


GARNER PRESS
Write a press release, add it to your website, and distribute to local press. This will create valuable exposure for Congress’ award for youth and celebrate the deserving youth in your community.

Direct inquiries to Director of Communications, Derek Doyle, at doyle@congressionalaward.org.

 


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