Congressional Award

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award program for youth and is open to individuals ages 14 to 24-year-olds.  

Established by Congress in 1979, the Congressional Award recognizes the achievements of young individuals who accomplish dedicated commitments through public service. This is the highest honor presented by Congress to America’s youth. 

Participants in this program earn Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates and medals based on their achievements. Each specific award requires setting goals in four different program areas:

  • Voluntary public service;
  • Personal development;
  • Physical fitness; and
  • Expedition and exploration by creating a SMART Goal.

Across the country, young Americans are setting ambitious goals, learning valuable skills and making a difference in their communities as they meet the requirements for the Congressional Award. More than 40,000 youth are participating in this initiative and taking actions to reach them all while demonstrating that personal growth goes hand-in-hand with serving others.

Arkansas 4-H has partnered with the Congressional Award to help members work toward earning this award. Many other school groups and clubs can help participants reach their goals.

Arkansas is proud to be home to numerous Congressional Award winners who have demonstrated their ambition, dedication, character and aptitude – all while serving their communities and our state. 

Learn more about the Congressional Award and how you can participate.