Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) is calling on all youth ages 14-23 from California’s 39th Congressional District to participate in this year’s Congressional Award Program, the highest honor Congress bestows upon young people. This bipartisan effort rewards those who have completed up to 100 hours in the areas of public service, physical fitness and personal development through individual goal setting.
“The Congressional Award Program not only encourages public service, it fosters a sense of civic duty and good citizenship,” said Rep. Royce. “Congressional Award winners often go on to become leaders in our community, and it’s an honor to recognize these young people for their accomplishments.”
Established by Congress in 1979, the award was created to honor young participants who have set, and achieved, personal goals driving service and individual development across the nation. There are no minimum grade point average requirements and the program accommodates youth with special needs and disabilities.
Upon successful completion of program requirements, local participants are presented with a Congressional Award certificate or medal by Rep. Royce. More than 3.5 million volunteer hours and more than 49,000 Congressional Awards have been earned over the years.