Program Partners

Many organizations work with The Congressional Award to develop America’s young people.​

Youth-focused and service organizations throughout America have recognized the potential of our young citizens when we strive to raise the bar. A partnership with The Congressional Award allows an organization’s participants to incorporate their activities into their pursuit of The Award.

The Partner Toolkit is designed to support organizations wishing to offer The Congressional Award as an opportunity for their membership. Additional promotional resources are our Annual Report to Congress and Informational Presentation.

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Our official partners are listed below. Please note that there are a vast number of other organizations whose activities align with our program requirements.


4-H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing.

Kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids experience 4-H in every county and parish in the country—through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4 H camps.


AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time residential program for men and women age 18-24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses — Denver, CO; Sacramento, CA; Baltimore, MD; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, IA.

AmeriCorps NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs.

Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society.

Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing.

Now 2.7 million strong – 1.9 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe girls can change the world – the Girl Scouts continue their mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop the global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation.

HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building exercises.

Lion's Heart Foundation

Lion’s Heart connects 6th-12th grade students with local volunteer opportunities that help them build strong communities while achieving their personal goals.

Through the Lion’s Heart Digital Portal, teens can track hours, earn leadership awards, and export their service portfolio to use on scholarship, college, and career applications. Over 10,000 teens have participated in Lion’s Heart so far and the organization continues to grow with over 275 chapters nationwide.

Military Family Advisory Network

MFAN wants the best for our military community, because when military families are strong, our country is strong.

MFAN strives to build a community of military and veteran families at home and abroad who are well-informed about – and use – resources designed to serve them; equipped with tools for success; connected to leaders who serve the military family community; and embraced by the general public.

Military youth and families can even download the MFAN-Congressional Award Military Youth Toolkit.

People to People International

“When we connect with people different from us, it’s easy to see that we’re not so different after all.”

PTPI creates lasting cross-cultural connections between everyday citizens around the world to help them explore global issues, serve and enrich their diverse communities, and become more effective leaders in creating a more peaceful world.

PTPI’s mission is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.

U.S. Air Force

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight, and win…in air, space, and cyberspace.

Military youth are ideal candidates for The Congressional Award because they can take the program with them wherever they go.

We have partnered with the Air Force to offer The Congressional Award as a youth development tool on bases across the nation. Families and youth stationed in the U.S. or abroad can work with their youth liaison to identify activities that are eligible for the program.

Youth Service America

YSA is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally.

YSA organizes large-scale mobilization campaigns like Global Youth Service Day, provides grant opportunities for youth-led service projects. YSA Learning Center equips youth and their adult mentors with high-quality, high-impact service and service-learning programs. YSA even presents awards that recognize exceptional youth and the adults who are champions of youth voice.