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Military life has unique challenges, especially for the children of those who serve. Still, these young people find ways to adapt and thrive, even though they can experience high levels of instability due to frequent moves and their parents’ deployments.
young people working to earn a Congressional Award
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members of Congress recognizing, promoting, and delivering the program
Promoting positive mental and emotional health is especially beneficial for military youths, many of whom experience high levels of instability due to frequent moves and their parents’ deployments. The Congressional Award provides participants, no matter where they live, with a structured, yet flexible, platform to achieve personal goals.
Earning the Congressional Award can open many doors, academically and professionally. It empowers participants to take responsibility, discover new talents, and advocate for others.
Participating in the Congressional Award program enables military youths to set and achieve personally challenging goals. The Congressional Award is dedicated to the empowerment of young people through:
Through these four program areas, the Congressional Award offers young Americans the opportunity to develop leadership, citizenship, and planning skills. The timeline for each of the six award levels is flexible, and there is only one deadline: Participants must complete the activity to earn the Award before their 24th birthday.
The Congressional Award is a great opportunity for military youths to get involved in their communities and work toward goals that matter to them — and they can participate no matter where they live or if they move.
The Congressional Award is a public-private partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize the achievements of young Americans, no matter where they live.
Those interested in the program can register when they are 131/2 years old and can begin working on their activities when they turn 14. They must complete the program by their 24th birthday. Click here for the full list of program requirements.
The Congressional Award is open to all young Americans, regardless of physical or developmental disability.
Yes. One of the significant benefits of the Congressional Award is its flexibility — one of the key reasons that we at MFAN believe it’s a great match for military families. To ease the transition, find an advisor and a validator in your new area to continue working toward your goals.
Advisors are adults who help participants set challenging goals and assist them as they complete their record book. Teachers, coaches, neighbors,club sponsors, and civic leaders all make excellent advisors. To learn more about the advisor’s role and responsibilities, click here.
Validators are adults who assist participants with individual activities. Participants should have multiple validators, and each one should be knowledgeable about the activities participants pursue to achieve a particular goal. To learn more about the validator’s role and responsibilities, click here.
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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate honor youths who earn bronze, silver, and gold certificates and bronze and silver medals at local, citywide, and statewide ceremonies. Gold medalists attend the Congressional Award Gold Medal Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
Involvement in the Congressional Award program can set participants apart on college and job applications because it shows commitment to service and personal development. On completion of the program, participants receive a certificate and a medal — and gain the satisfaction of a job well-done for their communities.
For information on MFAN’s partnership with the Congressional Award, download our brochure here.
To register for the Congressional Award, visit congressionalaward.org.