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    #176143 - 11/30/13 08:57 AM Guidance Counselors, Advisors: Congressional Award
    indigo Offline

    Registered: 04/27/13
    Posts: 4224
    Have you heard of the Congressional Award for young Americans? It is a program in which young people age 13-1/2 to 23 register with a mentor ("advisor") then set and achieve challenging individual goals in the 4 broad areas of:
    1) Voluntary Public Service,
    2) Personal Development,
    3) Physical Fitness,
    4) Expedition/Exploration.

    Over time, with dedication and persistence, participants may earn up to six levels of awards which recognize the achievement of ever more challenging goals.
    1) Bronze award certificate
    2) Silver award certificate
    3) Gold award certificate
    4) Bronze award medal
    5) Silver award medal
    6) Gold award medal

    On their way toward setting and accomplishing goals, registered participants may gain important self-knowledge, experience in overcoming adversity, the satisfaction of having made a significant positive impact upon others, a proven track record in planning/revision/follow-through, and skill in meeting specified documentation and reporting requirements. Many of the skills and abilities developed and refined while achieving these goals may be transportable to careers and higher education.

    Read more about the Congressional Award foundation and program at the congressionalaward website, exploring all the various linked pages, downloads, and social media:

    #176154 - 11/30/13 05:25 PM Re: Guidance Counselors, Advisors: Congressional Award [Re: indigo]
    NotSoGifted Offline

    Registered: 04/14/12
    Posts: 445
    Two kids from our HS won the gold medal this year. While the award does not depend upon IQ or GPA, both kids are quite bright. I know one was NMSF and the other has won a number of academic awards. I think that most kids who are driven to achieve awards such as this one are bright.

    #176164 - 12/01/13 12:09 AM Re: Guidance Counselors, Advisors: Congressional Award [Re: NotSoGifted]
    indigo Offline

    Registered: 04/27/13
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    Congrats to those who have earned the Congressional Awards!

    Two in the same year from one school, that sounds impressive. Did the same mentor register as the advisor for several students?

    If I read the website correctly, a minimum of two years is required to earn the Congressional Award at the gold medal level. Any idea what their goals and projects entailed, for the two students you mentioned? Also did they seem to enjoy the experience?

    #176231 - 12/02/13 04:30 AM Re: Guidance Counselors, Advisors: Congressional Award [Re: indigo]
    NotSoGifted Offline

    Registered: 04/14/12
    Posts: 445
    I don't know about the mentors. Their projects mostly involved stuff they already did - one kid started a business that involved his talent/hobby, and the other had participated in a sport for years (and is probably DI material - don't know if the kid plans to play in college though). Both kids have always been very involved in the community and volunteering.

    #220913 - 08/17/15 05:31 PM Re: Guidance Counselors, Advisors: Congressional Award [Re: indigo]
    indigo Offline

    Registered: 04/27/13
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    Several youth who've earned the Congressional Award have gone on to author books to help mentor other youth, including:

    1) Jairek Robbins, Live It!
    2) Lauren Jessen & Catherine Jessen, Youth's Highest Honor
    3) Kristin M. White, It's the Student, Not the College

    The long term goal-setting and achievement acknowledged by the Congressional Award for youth reminds me of this quote by Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth:
    Originally Posted By: quote
    “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

    #237575 - 04/05/17 10:42 AM Re: Guidance Counselors, Advisors: Congressional Award [Re: indigo]
    indigo Offline

    Registered: 04/27/13
    Posts: 4224
    Adding a link to a post discussing an article on "what kids don't learn" when not appropriately challenged.

    It is possible that, for some youth, working towards earning the Congressional Award may help provide an appropriate level of challenge which encourages the development of necessary life skills.


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