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Reps. Brat and DeSaulnier Introduce Bill Reauthorizing the Congressional Award Program

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Washington, September 24, 2018 | Mitchell Hailstone (202-225-2815) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Reps. Dave Brat (VA-07) and Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) introduced a bill titled the “Congressional Award Program Reauthorization Act of 2018.” The bill would reauthorize Congress’ only charity for 5 more years through October 1, 2023. The program was previously set to end on October 1, 2018.

“Goal-setting and achieving those goals is an essential experience for American teenagers,” said Rep. Dave Brat. “One of my favorite aspects of being a professor was helping young people discover their interests and help turn those interests into careers. I saw countless students go on to become hardworking citizens who enjoyed the personal satisfaction of having a well-paying job, building a family and serving in their communities. That’s why I love the Congressional Award program – it recognizes and distinguishes young Americans who set goals and achieve them.”

“The Congressional Award Program is an important way to honor young people who set ambitious goals and get involved in their communities. I am proud to join in leading this effort to ensure that Congress can continue to recognize our nation’s outstanding young people,” said Rep. Mark DeSaulnier.

The Congressional Award is non-partisan, voluntary and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 ½ years old and must complete their activities by their 24th birthday.

According to the Congressional Award’s website, “Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.”

To earn an award, young people need to select an adult advisor who helps them set challenging but achievable goals in all four program areas and plan activities to reach the goals. They then register and work to achieve those goals. If they complete them before the deadline, they receive the appropriate award.

The U.S. Congress established the Congressional Award in 1979 to recognize initiative, service and achievement in young people and was originally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. Presidents, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have each signed continuing legislation.

 

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