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  The Congressional Award and the Presidential Service Award are
  invaluable methods of recognition that are provided by the government
  of the United States of America, not by the New Hope Academy. 

  The New Hope Academy fosters a network of support
  systems that act as a guide for students to successfully become
  recipients of the Congressional and Presidential Service Award.
  By promoting integrity and active interest in building leaders of
  the community, students develop to become socially
  responsible members of the community. As an officially certified organization, the Academy instructs, guides, keeps record, and submits service related hours/ projects to the government.

    ♦ Benefits of receiving said awards:

 > Gain leadership skills and opportunities to challenge oneself beyond school academics
 > Become a member of a nationally recognized system of civic responsibility
 > Truly gains the experience of a holistic American Education
 > Positive addition to college application and resume


“The Congressional Award Foundation is instrumental in teaching and fostering the values that are critical to create the next generation of leaders.”        - Nancy Pelosi: United States Congress

♦ 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. 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.
Gold Medal Ceremony
Each year, the Congressional Award celebrates the accomplishments of its Gold Medalists through the annual Gold Medal Ceremony.  The June event brings together Gold Medalists from across the country for a week of celebration with the ceremony, special event and a touring program during the week.  Due to the large number of medalists, there are usually two ceremonies on Capitol Hill on the Gold Medal day, where Members of Congress come to present the youth with their medals.  The Gold Special Event allows medalists to come together in a more social setting for recognition.  The Congressional Award also hosts the Gold Nation Experience for medalists to come in and see the city with one another.  The cost of the program is $400 plus the cost of transportation to and from Washington, DC.  This is an exciting opportunity for Gold Medalists to create new relationships with other outstanding youth from across the country.  The week long program usually runs from the weekend before the Gold Ceremony until the day after.
Enriching Opportunities Provided

Becoming a dedicated member of service and/or recipient of the Congressional Award opens the doors to many opportunities that students may be unaware of:

Possible Examples:
Congressional Award Program Manager / Congressional Award Internship
Privy to extensive scholarship opportunities

Program Requirements by the Congressional Award Organization
The Congressional Award Program is about challenge. The Award offers young people the opportunity to set a personal goal and achieve it. Along the way, you will learn about yourself and about qualities like responsibility, trust and the ability to plan and organize. There are six levels of Award -- Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. Each level is cumulative -- this means time spent on one award is carried with you to the next level.
Dedication is required in all 4 areas below:
-Voluntary Public Service
-Personal Development
-Physical Fitness

Minimum Age: 13½
Maximum Age: 24

♦ Certificates
Bronze - 30 hours
Silver - 60 hours
Gold - 90 hours & 6 months
Bronze - 100 hours & 7 months
Silver - 200 hours & 12 months
Gold - 400 hours & 24 months


♦About the Award:

America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation.
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation's deserving volunteers.

♦Award Criteria:

Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime at home or abroad. The following are the eligibility requirements for each age group:
Kids: Age 5-14
Young Adults: Individual Age 15-25
Adults: Individual Age 26 +

♦ Presidential Volunteer Service Award Criteria:
Bronze Level
Kids: 50 to 74 hours
Young Adults: 100 to 174 hours
Adults: 100 to 249 hours
Family & Groups: 200 to 499 hours
Silver Level
Kids: 75 to 99 hours
Young Adults: 175 to 249 hours
Adults: 250 to 499 hours
Family & Groups: 500 to 999 hours
Gold Level
Kids: 100 hours or more
Young Adults: 250 hours or more
Adults: 500 hours or more
Family & Groups: 1000 hours or more

President’s Call to Service Award
Age Requirement: All Ages
4,000 hours or more of volunteer service (over a lifetime)

♦ Recipients Receive:
Personalized Certificate
Congratulatory Letter from President Barack Obama


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