Discover How Your Teen Can Earn the Congressional Award

Discover How Your Teen Can Earn the Congressional Award

Presented by Melissa Robb


"The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress' award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive with no academic requirements. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds regardless of mental or physical challenges. 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. This is not an award for past accomplishments. You are rewarded for achieving your own challenging goals.

Regardless of your situation, you can earn the Congressional Award. There are no academic achievement requirements.

The Congressional Award Foundation teaches participants to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character, and foster community service, personal development, and citizenship.

Melissa's son, Ian, has been awarded the Bronze and Silver Certificates and is working to complete his Gold Metal requirements by February 2020.

About the Presenter

Melissa Robb has been a homeschool mom for 11 years. Her website is

Her son is working on earning the gold medal for the Congressional Award, having completed the requirements for the silver medal.

Melissa is also the admin for the Congressional Award Support Group on Facebook.

Melissa is a founding member/former board member of ENRICHri, where she currently serves as a member advocate.