February 5, 2022
Idaho youth between the ages of 13.5 and 24 are invited to register for the Congressional Award Program. Started in 1979 to recognize achievement, service, and initiative in young people, the program, which is funded entirely by the private sector, is the only Congressional charity.
The program is nonpartisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Youth, who may register for the program when they are 13.5 years of age and submit completed record book applications at 14, complete personal goals related to volunteerism, character development, and fitness.
The Congressional Award website describes the program, saying, “You move at your own pace, on your own or with your friends. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for setting goals, creating an action plan, and meeting the challenge.”
Students pay a $25 registration fee and then work to meet their goals and earn awards. They say, “Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.”
To learn more, visit: The Program – The Congressional Award