PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Curious, passionate, and enthusiastic—

Wyoming Congressional Award participants love to learn and grow.

individual interests

Personal Development is all about pursuing what makes you curious. Setting aside time to develop a hobby is an amazing way to have something to show for your free time, experience "flow," and generally become a more interesting person. Best of all—when you pursue a hobby, research shows you also reduce stress.

leadership
skills

Some people are born leaders but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't learn some new tricks. Leadership skills like communication, public speaking, responsibility, learning to work with others effectively, and more are essential to your future success. Consider how you can set goals to develop these skills now!

life skills

Whether you like it or not, adulthood is on the horizon and a head start on "adulting," or the basic mastery of independent life skills—like driving, managing money, making an appointment, or cooking—will provide you with the confidence to one day make it one your own. Developing life skills make perfect personal development projects!

There's nothing one-size-fits-all about Wyoming Congressional Award because there's nothing more personal than the growth you envision for yourself.

Your goals are 100% unique to you,

but here are a few ideas to spark your imagination!

agriculture/gardening

artistic skill study

astronomy

automotive science

career development

employment skills

building collections

coding

robotics development

drone techniques

photography

dancing

dog training

language study

music performance

theater performance

set construction

religious study/teaching

speech and debate

creative writing

computer-aided drafting and design

pottery

fabric or yarn arts

sewing

quilting

film-making

leadership training

driving

fashion design

memory-keeping

geneaology

cross-cultural programs

financial literacy

cooking/baking

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

BRONZE

CERTIFICATE

SILVER

CERTIFICATE

GOLD CERTIFICATE

BRONZE

MEDAL

SILVER

MEDAL

GOLD

MEDAL

TOTAL HOURS NEEDED

TOTAL HOURS NEEDED

15

30

45

50

100

200

n/a

n/a

6 months of activity

7 months of activity

12 months of activity

24 months of activity

One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.

ABRAHAM MASLOW