On behalf of the Joint Leadership Commission and our Board of Directors, we are delighted to announce the 2017 Congressional Award Gold Medal Ceremony.

We will be celebrating the initiative, service, and achievement of 373 young people across 39 states that have earned the highest honor Congress may bestow upon a youth civilian. The 2017 Gold Medal class is the largest in our 38 year history, representing an unprecedented year of servant leadership.

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
GOLD MEDAL CEREMONIES
10:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium
First St. NE
Washington, DC 20515

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

View a complete listing of this year’s Gold Medalists / / / Download a PDF version here.

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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.

The following states will be presented at the morning ceremony (10:00 a.m.)
Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, & Wyoming.

The following states will be presented at the afternoon ceremony (2:30 p.m.)
Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, & West Virginia.


ATTEND THE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Please join us in advance of the Gold Medal Ceremony for a special congressional staff briefing. Our staff will provide an overview of the event, share best practices for your office’s involvement, and provide you with a report of activity in your state/district.

Monday, June 5, 2017
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Congressional Meeting Room North (CVC268)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

All staffers are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by Monday, May 29th to Senior Program Manager, 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 the 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 #gold2017.

Direct your followers to www.congressionalaward.org.

 

 

 

 


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