Gold Medal Ceremony Toolkit

This summer Congress will celebrate the initiative, service, and achievement of 442 young people across 41 states and territories that have earned the highest honor Congress may bestow upon a youth civilian. The 2018 Gold Medal class is the largest in the program’s 39 year history, representing an unprecedented year of servant leadership.

This special recognition event will take place in one day with three medal ceremonies on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress and their spouses, Gold Medalists and their family/friends, corporate and community leaders, and partnering organizations are encouraged to attend.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gold Medal Ceremonies
Russell Senate Office Building
Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325)

10:00 a.m. | Ceremony One
Gold Medalists from the following states will be presented at the first ceremony: Arizona, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Submit RSVP

12:30 p.m. | Ceremony Two
Gold Medalists from the following states will be presented at the second ceremony: California, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, and Texas.
Submit RSVP

3:00 p.m. | Ceremony Three
Gold Medalists from the following states will be presented at the third ceremony: Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Submit RSVP

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Program Director, Kirsten Gooden, at 6-0130 or gooden@congressionalaward.org.


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In order to provide a meaningful experience for the Gold Medalists while they are in our nation’s capital, we have compiled some best practices for your office to recognize your young constituents.


ATTEND THE GOLD MEDAL CEREMONY
An official scheduling request will be sent to your office in mid-May, containing the exact 25 minute window in which the Member of Congress should present the constituent(s) with their award.

A complete listing of this year’s Gold Medalists may be found here.

In order to best prepare for the ceremony, view our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

 


ATTEND THE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Congressional offices are encouraged to send a staff member to prepare for the 2018 Gold Medal Ceremony. Attendees will be briefed on the event, learn more about their Gold Medalist constituents, and will take home event materials.

Thursday, June 7, 2018
U.S. Capitol
HC-8 Meeting Room
3:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by Friday, June 1st to Program Director, Kirsten Gooden, at gooden@congressionalaward.org or 6-0130.


ORGANIZE A TOUR
Contact your Gold Medalists to set-up a Capitol tour while they’re here for the ceremony. Even consider helping to arrange a White House tour if appropriate. Contact information for your Gold Medalists is provided with the scheduling request we send in mid-May.

Many of these young people are trekking across the country and/or may have never visited D.C. prior to this event. A personal touch like this goes a long way in making this a memorable experience.

 


HOST MEDALISTS IN YOUR OFFICE
Outside of the Ceremony time and other obligations, invite Gold Medalists and their families to your office for an intimate meeting.


ADD TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD
Commemorate your Gold Medalists by adding their achievement to the congressional record.

 

 

 


MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE HOUSE/SENATE FLOOR
Highlight your exceptional young constituents in front of your colleagues and peers by making a statement on the floor.


GARNER PRESS
Write a press release, add it to your website, and distribute to local press. This will create valuable exposure for Congress’ award for youth and celebrate the deserving youth in your community.

Direct inquiries to Director of Communications, Derek Doyle, at doyle@congressionalaward.org.


PARTICIPATE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
Share the opportunity with your audience or post a photo of your meeting with the Gold Medalist.

You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Join the conversation by using #gold2018.

Direct your followers to www.congressionalaward.org.

 

 

 

 


Download a PDF copy of this toolkit.