Non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive, the program is open individuals ages 14 to 23. 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.
Several Boys & Girls Club volunteers received the 2014 Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest achievement for America’s youth. Our thanks to each of these outstanding volunteers for selflessly donating their time to support our Club kids: Ellie Bakkehahl of Palm City, Fla.; Gabrielle Gafford of Dallas, Texas; Kyle Johnson of Lombard, Ill.; Stephanie Liu of San Marino, Calif.; Matthew Lively of Palm City, Fla.; Jennifer Morehouse of Lake Forest, Ill.; Lesly Ortiz of Reseda, Calif.; Victoria Pavlock of Juniper, Fla.; Stephanie Ramer of Valdosta, Ga.; and Cheyenne Smith of LaGrange, Ga.
Entertainer Doug E. Fresh hosted the dinner and Congressman and Congressional Fitness Caucus Co-Chair Ron Kind served as keynote speaker. Other presenters included Reps. Elijah Cummings, Frank Pallone, Lee Terry and Jeff Fortenberry. Club alum and supporter Nick Cannon was also there to honor the exceptional young people.
Congratulations to all the Congressional Award recipients, their families and advisers for your hard work and dedication to your communities.