The Congressional Award

The Congressional Award Foundation is a public-private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize service, initiative and achievement in America’s youth.  Eligible individuals, ages 14 to 23, earn may earn a Congressional Award by setting and achieving challenging goals in the four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration. 

To register for the award, click here. Only activities held after the date of registration or the date that the waiver is signed may count towards the award.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Gold Medals are presented at an annual ceremony in June in Washington, D.C. 

Cris Plunkett, a 2019 Congressional Award Gold Medalist from San Francisco, takes a photo on the Speaker’s Balcony after accepting his award for contributing over 200 hours of voluntary public service in our community.