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Congressional Award Club

The Congressional Gold Medal is the Congress’ highest award for youth.

These awards are highly regarded by college and universities for scholarship and admission.  Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and Congressman Don Bacon present awards each spring.  In addition, the Gold Medals are presented every June in Washington D.C.  This year 373 youth from across the United States earned the highest award, The Congressional Gold Medal, including our very own Terese Navarra and Luis Sanchez-Romo.

Fast Facts on America’s Award for Youth

What is the Congressional Award?

The Congressional Award is a public private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize achievement, initiative and service in America’s youth, ages 14 to 23. The Congressional Award provides a unique opportunity for young people to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development and citizenship. To earn a Congressional Award, participants set and achieve individual goals in four program areas:

• Voluntary Public Service

• Personal Development

• Physical Fitness

• Expedition/Exploration

All young people are equally able to earn the Congressional Award, because goals are set based on individual interest, need and ability. A young person is not selected to receive the Congressional Award; he or she earns it.

Program Requirements

The Congressional Award Program is about challenge. The Award offers young people the opportunity to set personally challenging goals and achieve them. Along the way, they serve their communities and learn about qualities like responsibility, citizenship, and the ability to plan and organize. There are six levels of Award—Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. Each level is cumulative. Time spent on one Award is carried on to the next level.

Certificate Level

Minimum Hours Per Area

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Voluntary Public Service

30

60

90

Personal Development

15

30

45

Physical Fitness

15

30

45

Expedition/Exploration

One Day

Two Days

Three Days

 

 

 

 

Minimum Total Hours

60

120

180

Months Needed to Earn the Award

No minimum

No minimum

6 months

 

Medal Level

Minimum Hours Per Area

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Voluntary Public Service

100

200

400

Personal Development

50

100

200

Physical Fitness

50

100

200

Expedition/Exploration

One Overnight

Two Consecutive Overnights

Four Consecutive Overnights

 

 

 

 

Minimum Total Hours

200

400

800

Months Needed to Earn the Award

7 Months

12 Months

24 Months

 

The minimum age to earn an Award is 14.

Activities to earn Certificates and Medals must be completed by the participant’s 24th birthday.

 

Who Can Join?

All Bellevue West High School students are eligible to join.  You must register at www.congressionalaward.org and click on Youth/Register Now BEFORE any hours will count toward an award.  Please e-mail Mrs. Sorensen to get her personal information needed for the registration form.  You must print off and sign the waiver plus send in a $15 registration fee.  You may join at any time. 

 

Advisor

Mrs. Julie Sorensen

julie.sorensen@bpsne.net

(402) 293-4092 office

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