Americans United for Life President and CEO “honored to celebrate the realized potential in the next generation of American leadership”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-23-12) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appointed Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest to the Congressional Award Board this week, which awards young Americans for distinguished service and accomplishments.

“Dr. Yoest is a thoughtful leader who will bring a valuable approach to the Foundation,” Sen. McConnell said. “She has a demonstrated track record of success, a track record that gives me confidence that she will be an outstanding addition to the board.”

“I am extremely honored that Senator McConnell has provided me with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of young people who have invested their energies in making their lives count for the greater good,” said Dr. Yoest. “They are living proof of the value of every individual life, and the potential every person has for making a unique and significant contribution to their communities, their country, and even the world.”

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:  (1) volunteer public service, (2) personal development, (3) physical fitness, and (4) expedition/exploration.

Dr. Yoest heads the legal arm of the prolife movement.  Americans United for Life is the oldest national pro-life organization in the nation which has been involved in every pro-life case before the U.S. Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade.  Twice Dr. Yoest has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Supreme Court appointments. Dr. Yoest began her career in the White House during the Reagan Administration and served as a Senior Advisor to the 2008 Huckabee for President Campaign. She is also the co-author of Mother in the Middle, an examination of childcare policy, published by HarperCollins. She holds a Ph.D. in American Government from the University of Virginia and is the mother of five children.