Senators Carper and Coons Commend Senate Reauthorization of the Congressional Award Program

WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Tom Carper, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Senator Chris Coons (both D-Del.) commended the passage of the Congressional Award Program Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S.1348). The Senate passed the measure unanimously.

The Congressional Award Program Act of 2013 reauthorizes the Congressional Award Program through October 1, 2018. This program, first enacted in 1979 recognizes excellence in public service and personal development among young people who demonstrate initiative, achievement and service to their communities. The program allows individuals to set and pursue personal goals in four areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Depending on the number of hours they complete, participants may earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates or Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals. By awarding the endeavors of individuals in these four areas, the program encourages young Americans to undertake a challenge, set goals, and attain personal achievement.

Currently, Delaware has 68 active participants who have completed 19,952 hours of community service related to this awards program. Of those 68 students, 29 have been recognized and awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.

“The Congressional Award Program recognizes and rewards young Americans across the nation for their outstanding efforts in their communities,” Chairman Carper said. “In Delaware alone, scores of young men and women have dedicated thousands of hours toward personal and community development. This award is one small way we can thank these young Americans for their dedication and commitment to public service and personal development. I thank my colleagues for quickly reauthorizing this important program and ensuring that it will continue in the coming years. Ultimately, I hope that this program will encourage more young people to serve their communities, foster achievement, and help create a stronger America.”

“Service is an incredibly powerful force – for our nation, for our communities, and for each of us individually,” Senator Coons said. “The Congressional Award program recognizes young people who have shown exceptional dedication to serving others and making a difference in their communities. I thank my colleagues for their support of this program and hope it will continue to inspire young Americans to invest their time and energy in service.”