Latest SF Bay Area Jefferson Awards
They call themselves “the bag ladies” or “the two little old ladies from Livermore.” But the nicknames don’t begin to describe the powerful way this week’s Jefferson Award winners touch the lives of cancer patients.
Walk past the senior annex of the San Francisco Stonestown YMCA and chances are good you’ll hear drumming. But it’s no garage band – it’s this week’s Jefferson Award winner, working with her fellow musicians on a centuries-old art form.
It’s a one-of-a-kind holiday lights spectacular in the East Bay — amazing not just because of the show, but the man behind it: this week’s Bay Area Jefferson Award winner.
In the heart of the Montclair District in Oakland, a little slice of nature is being restored. It’s a project that probably will never be finished, but thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner, Beaconsfield Canyon is already coming back to life.
This week’s Jefferson Award winner is a champion of students who are overcoming great obstacles. Gail Diserens volunteers behind the scenes. She helps students realize their dreams of graduating from college, so they can give back to their community.
For almost 30 years, this week’s Jefferson Award winner has been teaching high school students in the East Bay, and says in all that time he has never met a “stupid student.” So when many of his students weren’t going on to college, he did something about it.
He’s helped hundreds of Oakland students go on to college, but this week’s Jefferson Award winner says most of the work happened outside of the classroom.
All Boy Scouts recite an oath saying, “On my honor I will do my best.” It’s a promise this week’s Jefferson Award winners have been fulfilling for more than two decades for boys who are often excluded by their peers.
What freedoms and responsibilities do you have when you become an adult? That’s what this Jefferson Award winner is teaching young African Americans.