U.S. Representative Brian Mast to Recognize 75 Youth at Annual Ceremony

April 1, 2017 (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) – Representative Brian Mast of Florida’s 18th Congressional District will honor 75 youth with The Congressional Award, U.S Congress’ highest honor for young people.

These Congressional Award Medalists are high school and college students who have devoted hundreds of hours to enriching their communities and developing their own talents. Culminating in a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medal, each participant set personally challenging goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

The award ceremony is truly a coalition of good and a staple of youth recognition in Martin, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties – welcoming corporate supporters, school administrators, and community leaders – to celebrate the good works of young Floridians. Florida Power and Light Company will serve as our generous event sponsor. JM Family Enterprises will host a reception after the ceremony.

2017 Congressional Award Ceremony for Florida’s 18th Congressional District
Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST
Palm Beach State College
Eissey Campus Theatre
11051 Campus Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

The state of Florida remains one of the most active states in the program, trailing only California and Texas in the number of participants engaged.Florida’s 18th Congressional District has a special place in our portfolio. For the 5th consecutive year, it ranks within the top 3 (of 435) congressional districts in number of participants AND number of awards earned annually.

In Florida’s 18th district, there are currently 1,727 participants enrolled in the program. The south Florida congressional district has produced 3,892 Congressional Awards since the program’s inception. The 75 Medalists being recognized this year have logged a collective 22,408 hours of Voluntary Public Service in their communities – many in schools, libraries, hospitals, and community centers.

The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a young person through the Senate and House. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program is non-competitive and open to young people ages 14-23, regardless of mental or physical challenges, or socioeconomic status. The Congressional Award enables participants to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character, and foster community service, personal development, and citizenship.

We believe it is important for the nation to recognize goal-setting and servant leadership in our youth. To date, over 7.5 million hours of service have been contributed to communities across the country as a part of our program. There are currently just shy of 50,000 participants enrolled in the program nationwide.

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