On Monday January 19, 2015 the Rochester Community gathered at the Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music to celebrate the life and legacy of Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. As a part of the celebration the Congressional Award was presented to three local students, and RACS students were recognized for beginning their journeys to obtain this prestigious award. The Congressional Award requires students to plan and execute projects in four areas of personal and physical development. This is the highest honor the US Congress bestows on civilians. Students had the honor to meet with Louise Slaughter, or state Senator who said “I look forward to seeing you all in Washington when you win your award”. A total of 42 RACS students are currently beginning the Congressional Award and will have until they are 24 years old to complete the task.
About the Award
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds; young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday. 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; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.
Regardless of your situation, you can earn the Congressional Award. 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.