Congressional Offices

Congress’ highest honor for America’s youth.

The Congressional Award

The United States Congress established The Congressional Award in 1979 (Public Law 96-114) to recognize initiative, service, and achievement in young people. It began as a bipartisan effort in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. The original bill was sponsored by Senator Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming and Congressman James Howard of New Jersey.

The Congressional Award provides a structure for young Americans to learn the value of service, personal development, fitness, and citizenship through character forming experiences that shape tomorrow’s leaders and our country’s future.

The Congressional Award program is promoted throughout America by Members of Congress who share with their constituents this unique opportunity to provide today’s youth with the tools they need to thrive as adults.

Engage your district with The Award

Our toolkit provides information on how to promote and inspire your district youth to earn The Congressional Award. 

Brochure Request Form

Youth Medalists in your District

There are youth in your district already participating in various programs and activities that could earn them a Congressional Award. Do not let them miss out on the recognition, scholarships, and opportunities this award can bring. Your community can benefit from the invaluable contribution Congressional Award participants make through their citizenship and service.

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The youth of our nation are positively affected because
Members of the United States Congress continue to make a strong and clear commitment to a program that makes a difference in the lives of young people.

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The youth of our nation are positively affected because
Members of the United States Congress continue to make a strong and clear commitment to a program that makes a difference in the lives of young people.

District & State Ceremonies

Connect with constituents by hosting a statewide ceremony or a local medal presentation. The Award’s national office will alert each Member’s office when there are medalists in the district. Medalists can be honored virtually, by phone call, or at the Member’s district office. Recognizing medalists through a press release, social media post, and letters of commendation are also encouraged.

Annual Gold Medal Ceremony

Every summer, Congress celebrates the hundreds of youth from across the nation who have earned The Congressional Award Gold Medal, the pinnacle of the program. Gold Medalists and their families are invited to Capitol Hill for a once-in-a-lifetime recognition of accomplishments. Members of the House and Senate present the awards to their constituents at a distinguished ceremony, attended by corporate and civic leaders, media, and peers. These young people are truly America’s most deserving youth, having dedicated hundreds of hours and at least two years to community service and personal goal-setting. More than 6,000 Gold Medals have been awarded since the program’s founding in 1979

Stay tuned for information about the 2022 Gold Medal Ceremony.

Promote The Congressional Award

Connect with youth in your district by offering the opportunity of The Congressional Award.
Read our kit on how to add the Award to your website, social media, and more unique ways to promote. 

Building Tomorrow's Leaders - Today

Building Tomorrow's Leaders - Today

The Congressional Award has inspired more than 50,000 young Americans by fostering an environment of volunteerism. Through The Congressional Award, Congress challenges youth in every state and congressional district to take action in developing their community and their own future. Congress’ program has created more than 8.5 million hours of public service to communities nationwide. 

Stay tuned for the 2022 Annual Report to Congress. 

From the 2019 – 2021 Impact Report