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Gold Medal Summit 2023

June 20 - June 22

We are thrilled to announce that the RSVP for the 2023 Congressional Award Gold Medal Summit is now open! Be sure to fill it out as soon as possible and answer all questions thoroughly regardless of if you plan to attend or not. This is how we will send school and press notifications on your behalf and schedule local meetings with your Member of Congress if you cannot come to Washington, D.C.

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Please only submit 1 RSVP form per medalist.

 

Tuesday June 20th – Thursday June 22nd, 2023
Washington, D.C.
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While exact timing, venues, and programming pieces have not yet been confirmed, the agenda will include meet and greet opportunities with fellow Awardees and Alumni, meetings with Members of Congress, networking opportunities with influential Government, Business, and Civic Leaders, speaking panels on topics chosen by Gold Medalists with experts in their fields, service projects, receptions and plenty of local tours, attractions such as sporting events, and FUN all over the nation’s capital.

You can find a brief snapshot of the itinerary below:

– Welcome reception & check-in event to meet your fellow medalists & get your Medalist Packet
 
– Washington Nationals baseball game
– Kick-off breakfast
 
– Recognition meetings with Members of Congress in and around the U.S. Capitol
 
– Speaking panels in the Capitol Visitor Center
 
– Lounge area in the Capitol Visitor Center with refreshments, photo opportunities, merchandise, and staff available to assist medalists
 
– Formal dinner and reception to recognize the 2023 Gold Medal class
– Sightseeing and local attractions
 
– Group service activities around Washington, DC
 
– Networking with Congressional Award alumni
 
– Farewell dinner and wrap-up reception

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change. This event will be an amazing opportunity for you to connect with your peers and leaders in your community, and we can’t wait for you to join us in Washington, D.C.

We have set up a room block at the Cambria Hotel in Southwest D.C. (available June 20th-23rd) for your convenience at a discounted rate. Rooms are limited. However, we suggest that you do not book a room until you are sure you will be able to attend the Summit and have been approved as a Gold Medalist. You can book your room through the link below.

Please note that while some events may take place at the hotel throughout the 3 days of programming, you do not need to stay at this particular hotel and may book accomodations anywhere conveniently located to Washington, DC.

FAQs

We understand that everyone has unique schedules and commitments. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the event and the number of attendees, as well as the schedules of the Members of Congress who will be participating, it is not possible to personalize schedules for individual participants based on their own availability. We are working to coordinate with the Members of Congress to maximize their availability during the summit and to create a comprehensive and engaging itinerary for the event.

We recommend blocking off three full days to fully participate in all the Summit has to offer. Your meeting with your Member of Congress will be pre-planned and assigned to you closer to June.

The deadline to submit your online record book to be included in the 2023 Gold Medal Class was February 1, 2023. If revisions are needed, the deadline to submit additional information or corrections to your Record Book is March 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm local time. Submit your record book here and find helpful tips, guides, and resources for submitting your record book here.

Due to the increasing number of medalists, in addition to restrictions in the Capitol, the 2023 Gold Medal Summit will not include a formal ceremony. We have shifted to an in-person summit model for medalists to meet with their Members of Congress in an environment that encourages conversation and interaction.

Medals will be mailed to Medalists who are unable to attend the Summit after the event takes place in June. We will attempt to set up local presentations for any medalists who who would like one - stay tuned for more information on this later on. Be sure to fill out the RSVP form on this webpage to indicate your preferences.

Travel costs and accommodations will not be covered by The Congressional Award Foundation. However, room discounts will be available by booking through the host hotel in Washington, DC - which can be booked at this link.

The Registration Fee will cover the Gold Medalist, plus up to one (1) guest.  Additional guests may be included in programming opportunities throughout the Summit as room allows, but may incur additional fees for meals & events. 

Most lunches and dinners, as well as refreshments throughout the days, will be provided by The Congressional Award for the Gold Medalist, plus up to one (1) guest.

We are excited to offer a registration fee waiver for the 2023 Gold Medal Summit to those who may need financial assistance. On this webpage, you will find an application form for a waived registration fee. Please note that this waiver will only cover the $400 registration fee and does not include flights, hotels, or supplementary meals.

A committee will review all requests for a waiver on a need-basis, however, please be aware that the number of slots available is limited. If your application is approved, you will be required to provide documentation of your financial need later on. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible below.

The Congressional Award team is already working on scheduling meetings with Members of Congress for Gold Medalists. That being said, we are unable to guarantee that your Representative and/or Senator(s) will be available due to the ongoing legislative and voting schedule.  However, there will be many opportunities to meet with legislative, business and civic leaders throughout the Summit.  We will work with you to arrange meeting opportunities in recognition of earning your Gold Medal.

Members of the 2020, 2021, and 2022 Gold Medal classes that were recognized in virtual ceremonies will potentially have the opportunity to join the 2023 class in Washington, DC next summer depending on availability.  Once the 2023 Gold Medal Class is confirmed, we hope to be able to extend the invitation to members of these additional classes, on a first-come, first-served basis. We will release updates on availability for these classes in mid-March.

We are planning a hybrid format so that programming can be shared virtually at no cost for Medalists who are unable to attend the in-person events.

While exact timing, venues, and programming pieces have not yet been confirmed, the agenda will include meet and greet opportunities with fellow Awardees and Alumni, meetings with Members of Congress, networking opportunities with influential Government, Business, and Civic Leaders, speaking panels on topics chosen by Gold Medalists with experts in their fields, service projects, receptions and plenty of local tours, attractions such as sporting events, and FUN all over the nation's capital.

You can find a brief snapshot of the itinerary below:
 
Day 1:
- Welcome reception & check-in event
- Washington Nationals baseball game
 
Day 2:
- Kick-off breakfast
- Recognition meetings with Members of Congress in and around the U.S. Capitol
- Speaking panels in the Capitol Visitor Center
- Lounge area in the Capitol Visitor Center with refreshments, photo opportunities, merchandise, and staff available to assist medalists
- Formal dinner and reception to recognize the 2023 Gold Medal class
 
Day 3:
- Sightseeing and local attractions
- Group service activities around Washington, DC
- Networking with Congressional Award alumni
- Farewell dinner and wrap-up reception

Most of the events of the 2023 Gold Medal Summit will take place in The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) as well as the Senate and House of Representative Office Buildings, which all offer a variety of services for individuals with disabilities. Read more about the CVC accessibility services here, and the House/Senate Office Buildings here. Supplementary events will take place at local hotels, sporting event venues, and local museums or event spaces. As these venues are secured, we will be sure to prioritize sending out information on ADA compliance and accessibility services. Our team will be ready to assist any individuals with special needs.

For previous Gold Medal classes (2020-2022), we will be releasing information in mid-March about potential availability for you to join the Summit.


We are excited to offer a registration fee waiver for the 2023 Gold Medal Summit to those who may need financial assistance. Below, you will find an application form for a waived registration fee. Please note that this waiver will only cover the $400 registration fee and does not include flights, hotels, or supplementary meals.

A committee will review all requests for a waiver on a need-basis, however, please be aware that the number of slots available is limited. If your application is approved, you will be required to provide documentation of your financial need later on. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Details

Start:
June 20
End:
June 22

Organizer

The Congressional Award
Email:
information@congressionalaward.org

Venue

United States Capitol
E Capitol St. & 1st St. NE
Washington DC, DC 20510 United States
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