U.S. Congress Recognizes 54 Georgia Students for Achievements in Service and Personal Development

 

   

APRIL 15, 2021 – Students across the Peach State came together for the first Annual Congressional Award Georgia Statewide Ceremony.  Presented by Aflac, the virtual event recognized 54 youth medalists for their dedication to bettering their communities through voluntary public service in addition to achieving long-term personal goals.

 

The ceremony was led by Congressman Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) and Congresswoman Lucy McBath (GA06) – who represent the congressional districts with the highest number of medalists from GA this year.  Speakers and presenters also included Congressman Buddy Carter (GA-01), Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05), Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07), and Congressman Sanford Bishop (GA02).

 

Brad Knox, Senior Vice President and Counsel at Aflac, reflected on the positive impact of the program on Georgia’s students, “The Congressional Award program helps recognize the positive contributions of America’s youth and today we celebrate those students who have met their goals and found ways to give back to their communities.” He continued, “You all have contributed to the betterment of Georgia in such a positive and inspiring way.”

 

Congresswoman McBath commended the students for their efforts, “The commitment, time, and energy you have dedicated has allowed you to flourish as individuals as you have diligently worked to improve our communities. Even the smallest act of service goes along way and can change a person’s life forever.”

 

Congressman Loudermilk extended appreciation to the entire Congressional Award community by recognizing “the parents, the teachers, the community leaders and, most importantly, the students” for their willingness to step up.

 

Bronze Medalist Rishan Patel of Atlanta shared the most rewarding part of earning his award was “the feeling of accomplishing something new out of my comfort zone.” Georgia’s student participation in the Congressional Award program continues to grow steadily, largely due to Aflac’s support in the region.

 

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The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23. Learn more at www.congressionalaward.org.

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Members of Congress Recognize 87 New Jersey Students for Achievements in Service and STEM

 

 

 

 

WHIPPANY, N.J., March 31, 2021 – Students across the Garden State gathered last week for The Congressional Award 2021 New Jersey Virtual Statewide Ceremony.  Presented by Bayer, the event recognized 87 youth medalists for their dedication to bettering their communities through voluntary public service in addition to achieving long-term personal goals.

The ceremony was led by Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, who represents New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District – home to Bayer US. Additional Congressional speakers included Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), and Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-07).

Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, President of Bayer U.S., offered opening remarks for the event. “The Congressional Award program helps recognize the positive contributions of America’s youth. Today we celebrate those students who have met their goals and found ways to give back to their communities in extremely meaningful ways,” he said.

Congresswoman Sherrill was the first among the lawmakers in attendance to offer words of encouragement to the honorees. “The Congressional Award program provides the roadmap, but it’s each of you that is able to take control of the journey and make it your own with the goal of bettering our community, our state, and our nation,” she said.

Joining Lockwood-Taylor was SVP and Head of Corporate Affairs for Bayer in the U.S. Raymond F. Kerins, Jr.  Kerins, who is also a Congressional Award Board Member, spoke on the STEM Stars program, an initiative established by Bayer in 2018 which recognizes Gold Medalists who participate in STEM-related activities as part of their Congressional Award pursuits. “We’ve seen the STEM Stars program flourish and encourage young achievers all across the United States to explore their passion in science, technology, engineering, and math,” he said.

In addition to recognizing youth medalists for their achievements over the past year, the event was also open to Congressional Award participants who are currently working on earning their certificate or medal. Breakout groups during the event offered current participants a chance to network with their peers and members of Congress, as well as learn from medalists about their Congressional Award journeys.

“My favorite part was connecting with the world through my community service, and being able to take my initiatives online,” noted Silver Medalist Ishani Sengupta of Edison, NJ.  New Jersey remained one of The Congressional Award’s highest-participating states even throughout the pandemic, as students adjusted their activities to complete them safely and remotely.

About The Congressional Award

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23. Learn more at www.congressionalaward.org.

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to help people and planet thrive by supporting efforts to master the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. Bayer is committed to drive sustainable development and generate a positive impact with its businesses. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. The Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2020, the Group employed around 100,000 people and had sales of 41.4 billion euros. R&D expenses before special items amounted to 4.9 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.

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Congressional Award
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Ford Fund, Congressional Award Foundation Partner to Offer Emotional Health Workshops for Teens

 

Friday, March 19, 2021 The Congressional Award Foundation (CAF) teamed up with Ford Motor Company Fund (Ford Fund) to conduct free, interactive, virtual mental health workshops for young people in response to the impact on teens during the pandemic.

 

The series of workshops targeted students in Detroit, MI, Houston, TX, and Kansas City, MO, key communities under the foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion outreach program.  Each virtual workshop brought together mental health professionals, high school students and Members of Congress – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05), who provided words of encouragement and shared their own experiences with battling mental health challenges during the pandemic.

 

During last week’s Kansas City workshop, Congressman Cleaver emphasized his long-standing commitment to ending the stigma around treating mental illness, stating, “Remember, it is okay to seek help, and you are not alone in this.” The Congressman has sponsored various related bills such as HR3192 – Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act, HR4327 – Enhancing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Through Campus Planning Act, HR5469 – Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act, and more.

 

Pamela Alexander of the Ford Fund emphasized the importance of tending to one’s mental health in this period of relative isolation, especially as a young person. “The COVID pandemic, and its impacts, has profoundly affected the mental health and well-being of many teens,” said Alexander, Director, Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund, “Ford Fund is proud to have partnered with the Congressional Award Foundation since early in the pandemic to address this critical issue.”

 

Through the CAF’s increased focus on virtual curriculum, the series of mental health-focused workshops has provided students with a network of support, concrete actions, and quality resources to combat the adverse effects on mental health.  The CAF’s National Director, Erica Heyse, stated she was “grateful for the generosity of the Ford Fund and the expertise of mental health professionals we’ve worked with to address the needs of our country’s youth in these challenging times.”

 

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The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23. Learn more at www.congressionalaward.org.

 

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The Congressional Award Partners with Intuit to support Financial Literacy for America’s Youth

 

Washington, DC (March 15, 2021) —The Congressional Award Foundation (CAF) and Intuit have joined forces to provide students with resources to take control of their personal finances.

To kick-off the partnership, CAF hosted a webinar on Entrepreneurship and Financial Empowerment featuring Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, and Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. as well as Donald M. Remy, COO and Chief Legal Officer of the NCAA; and Sheldon Cummings, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and Sales Leader at Intuit.

As founding corporate partners of CAF’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, Intuit—maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint—and CAF launched an online Financial Literacy Module designed for students of diverse economic and social backgrounds. The online program helps youth take ownership of their financial futures.

 “I think of the whole thing as a journey: from financially literate, to proficient, to dominant. Everything you need to know and learn is within your grasp. Just stay humble, stay hungry, and never stop learning.” Congressman Payne stated, “It’s important to learn how to handle your money now so you can keep more of it later… financial literacy is critical right now.”

Sheldon Cummings spoke to students about the importance of financial empowerment for students from all backgrounds. “We are committed to helping students develop all the skills they need to be successful in their twenty first century jobs and for higher education. By approaching education with an intentional focus of DE+I, we believe we have the ability to create equal opportunity for all students.”

Keynote Speaker Donald Remy of the NCAA inspired the attendees to be confident in pursuit of their entrepreneurial endeavors, “Don’t be afraid to embrace your entrepreneurial dreams.” he said. “You may fail, but don’t let that dissuade you.”

The online Financial Literacy Center consists of four main playlists – Financial Foundations, Investing in your Future, Building Financial Capability, and Adulting.  Each playlist hosts interactive modules and lessons for youth to make their way through as they review topics from how a credit card works, to budgeting, to homeownership, retirement, and more.

 

About The Congressional Award

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

 

About Intuit
Intuit’s mission is to power prosperity around the world. We are a mission-driven, global financial platform company with products including TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint and Turbo, designed to empower consumers, self-employed and small businesses to improve their financial lives. Our platform and products help customers get more money with the least amount of work, while giving them complete confidence in their actions and decisions. Our innovative ecosystem of financial management solutions serves more than 50 million customers worldwide. Please visit us for the latest news and in-depth information about Intuit and its brands and find us on social. Learn more about our education programs at: www.intuit.com/partners/education-program/.

 

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Five North Carolina Members of Congress Celebrate Youth Achievement in Virtual Award Ceremony

North Carolina – December 14, 2020Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), Congressman Dan Bishop (NC-09), Congressman Ted Budd (NC-13), Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05), and Congressional Award Board Member, Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08), today recognized youth achievement in the Tar Heel State during the first-ever virtual awards ceremony held by the Congressional Award Foundation.

Members of Congress, Medalists, and guests gather via Zoom to participate in the ceremony.

The 2020 Virtual North Carolina Statewide Ceremony honored 59 youth across the state for personal goal-setting and volunteerism in their communities. The shift to a virtual format allowed more Members of Congress to attend than ever before and provided them with the chance to personally congratulate their young constituents across the state.

Each youth recipient set and achieved goals in four program areas – Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. This year’s group contributed 23,712 hours of service to their communities, an average of 402 hours per medalist.

“I wish we could all be together in-person to honor your accomplishments during this challenging time. However, I know our future is bright because of your efforts,” stated Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08). “You are all the best of our country, and I’m thankful for your work to make your communities and our country better.”

Following Congressman Hudson was his co-host for the event, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), who commended the students for their efforts amidst the pandemic. “The strength you have displayed in earning this award during this period of adversity is immense and admirable.” She continued with words of encouragement stating, “Don’t stop here. Take the lessons you’ve learned on your Congressional Award journey and apply them to building a better and brighter future.”

The ceremony was made possible by title sponsor, Smithfield Foods.

“Smithfield Foods’ sustained support of The Congressional Award reflects our commitment to the same values that the Award upholds,” said Mike Skahill, Vice President of Government Affairs at Smithfield Foods and Congressional Award Foundation board member. “Each of the Congressional Award recipients dedicates themselves in service to their local communities, a parallel to the importance we place on supporting our neighbors in the communities we call home. We are proud to support all of these efforts that help build a stronger tomorrow for everyone.”

The Congressional Award aims to foster principles of good citizenship and equip the next generation of leaders with tools to succeed. The program offers a superlative experience to include on resumes and college applications and makes goal-setting and service to others a habit for the youth who earn an Award. In recent months, The Congressional Award has shifted its priority to offer virtual programming for its participants and encourages youth to work on their goals in safe ways.

“While virtual programming has been a challenging adjustment, we are excited that we can use the increased accessibility of these virtual spaces to reach more students, more Members of Congress, and provide more opportunities for youth despite the obstacle of staying at home.” stated Erica Heyse, National Director of The Congressional Award Foundation.

Kayla Anderson of Harrisburg, NC was one of the Silver Medalists presented at the ceremony.

Kayla Anderson displays her Congressional Award Bronze and Silver Medals.

“As I look back on these past two years of participating in The Congressional Award, I can say that my participation was very rewarding. It allowed me to become more involved in my community and to invest in myself. This Award is a symbol of my all-around growth.” said Anderson.

A video recording of the event is available to view.

A copy of the ceremony program is available to view and download.

These, along with the full listing of medalists and their hometowns can be found on our website.

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The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only charity and the highest honor bestowed upon a youth civilian through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youth ages 13 ½ – 23.

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