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Michael Swaine works at his "Mending Library" in the Tenderloin. (CBS)

Professor-Turned-Tailor Mends Clothes And Community

While riding home one day, a man picks up an old-fashioned sewing machine he found dumped in a trash heap. What he’s done with it the last 14 years makes him this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

07/22/2015

Dori Maxon swims with SNAP participants at the Berkeley YMCA. (CBS)

Swim Program Combines Fun With Support For Special Needs Kids

It started with one lesson nearly 25 years ago. Today, many special needs children are discovering the joy of playing in a swimming pool, thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

07/15/2015

Vineet Kosaraju (left) and Nikhil Cheerla. (CBS)

Teenagers Create Free Program To Teach Other Kids Computer Coding

Most high school students would rather spend their summer vacations far away from the classroom. But Jefferson Award winners Vineet Kosaraju and Nikhil Cheerla are choosing to go back to school, and this time they are the teachers.

07/08/2015

Olis Simmons (right) shares a laugh with Ronald Easley. (CBS)

East Oakland’s Youth Uprising Transforms Lives For Future Leaders

In an East Oakland neighborhood, where some are even too scared to drive, there is a woman who has helped thousands of young people turn their lives around.

07/01/2015

Emma Jean Clark (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Has Been A Beloved Public Servant In Richmond More Than 40 Years

If you live in Richmond, you probably know the name Emma Jean Clark. As Elizabeth Cook shows us, she’s been a beloved public servant for more than 40 years, and this week’s Bay Area Jefferson Award winner.

06/29/2015