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Bob Senz at the 2015 Dream Machines event in Half Moon Bay. (CBS)

‘Dream Machines’ Event Founder Funds Senior Center For Half Moon Bay

The tens of thousands of people who attend every year go for the fun. But for the founder of Dream Machines in Half Moon Bay, it’s always been about the good it could do.

05/13/2015

Ryan Traynor teaches his Money Smarts class for teenagers. (CBS)

Peninsula Teenager Leads Youth Literacy Campaign

He teaches science, math, and finance, collects books and board games for kids… and this week’s Jefferson Award winner is still a teenager!

05/06/2015

Judith Cohen with some of the Handful Players in San Francisco. (CBS)

Western Addition Kids Take To The Stage To Fine-Tune Life Skills

Some San Francisco kids are taking to the stage under the direction of this week’s Jefferson Award winner, learning all about teamwork, communication, and presentation while they have a whole lot of fun.

04/29/2015

Marie Jobling (left) chats with Ana Aureoles at a Community Living Campaign event in San Francisco. (CBS)

San Francisco Woman Supports Elderly And Disabled With Housing Help And Activities

Thousands of people, elderly and disabled in San Francisco, no longer feel lonely. That’s because this week’s Jefferson Award winner helps them — help themselves.

04/22/2015

Marilyn and Jerry Burke. (Burke Family Collection)

East Bay Mom, Dad Honor Memory Of 16-Year-Old Daughter By Ensuring Bright Future For Others

Parents turn grief into giving, helping music in the schools, organ donation, and the poor from Oakland to Angola.

04/15/2015

Ali (left) and twin brother Hadi Partovi. (CBS)

Twin Brothers Teaching Millions Of Kids That Coding Can Be Fun

One in ten elementary and middle school students are learning how to code, and thousands of instructors are learning how to teach programming, because of twin brothers with a single vision.

04/08/2015

Charles Williams with the robotics team at Cupertino High School. (CBS)

Robotics Team Mentor Helps South Bay Students Engineer Success

Some South Bay high school students are getting lessons in engineering that will carry them a long way outside the classroom, and it’s thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

04/01/2015

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Volunteer Brings Scientists, Engineers Into Elementary Schools To Play Science With Kids

A school volunteer and Ph.D. saw that elementary schools were missing something in their science classes. So she jumped in, and brought a few scientific friends with her.

03/25/2015

Narada Michael Walden at the piano at Tarpan Studios in San Rafael. (CBS)

Marin Musician Shares His Time And Talent With Kids

A North Bay musician fills his calendar with work for his own band and producing music for top recording artists. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner still makes time to share his art with local kids.

03/18/2015