Encourage Youth Challenges through the Congressional Award Foundation

On March 16, 2016, the Congressional Award hosted its annual Technology & Transportation Dinner on Capitol Hill.

The Congressional Award encourages long-term goal setting among 14- to 23-year-olds in four program areas including Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal levels. Minimum service hours can vary from 15 hours to 24 months. Participants work with advisors and validators to set and accomplish their goals at their own pace. Parents, friends, and relatives cannot be advisors or validators for the participants. Interested students can register and learn more about the program from their website: http://congressionalaward.org/program/how-it-works/

Ms. Chiling Tong, Founder and CEO of ILF, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Congressional Award in May 2015.  Thanks to our partnership, ILF was able to invite our advisors, friends, and alumni to the Dinner. We congratulated the outstanding youth who successfully achieved their goals with Members of Congress:  Congresswoman Eleanor Norton, Senator Mike Enzi, Congressman Joe Barton, Congressman Tony Cardenas, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, Congressman Billy Long, Congressman Richard Hudson, Congressman Jason Smith, Congressman Mike Honda and many others.

It was a great pleasure to see that the Dinner honored Secretary William Coleman, Jr. and Secretary Norm Mineta, who is also the ILF Honorary Chairman, with the 2016 Wallop Howard Leadership Awards. We all appreciated them for being a great role model for youth and communities.


ILF D.C. Advisors and, Board of Directors from the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), ILF’s greatest partner for the Civic Fellowship Program, with Congressman Mike Honda


The Honorable Norman Mineta, the 2016 Wallop Howard Leadership Award honoree, with the Congressional Award Foundation Board of Directors and Members of Congress. The current Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is holding the award for Secretary Mineta.

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 ILF CEO Chiling Tong, the Honorable Norman Mineta, ILF New York Chair Cherry Huang, and the Honorable William Coleman, Jr. (far right), fourth United States Secretary of Transportation, from March 7, 1975 to January 20, 1977, and the second African American to serve in the Cabinet.

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ILF D.C. and New York Advisors with other distinguished guests invited by ILF. (from left) President/CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Floyd Mori, Virginia Delegate Mark Keam, Administrative Director of
Maryland Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Christina Poy, ILF CEO/Founder Chiling Tong, ILF New York Chair Cherry Huang, ILF DC Advisor Hank Chao, ILF New York Advisor Yong Ma, and Former National Director of Minority Business Development Agency at U.S. Commerce David Hinson


The Honorable Norman Mineta making his Award acceptance speech


Chiling Tong, the Congressional Award Board Member, Andrew Zhao of Alexandria, VA. He’s a senior at Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology. He received the Congressional Award Gold Medal at the dinner.