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Latest SF Bay Area Jefferson Awards

Isaias Franco running with Tamalpais High School students Running 4 Change. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Inspires Students Running For Change

A group of North Bay students weren’t coming to school, and if they did, they were late and didn’t pay much attention in class. But this
week’s Jefferson Award winner changed everything.

10/29/2014

Bettina Mok (center) helps SCA students practice setting up tents at Lake Temescal in Oakland. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Inspires Students To Connect With The Environment

As a young woman growing up in Oakland, this week’s Jefferson Award winner found purpose in her family hiking and camping trips. Today, she is working to build the next generation of conservation leaders through a unique program that introduces young adults to the world outdoors.

10/22/2014

Dr. Patrick Arbore checks in with the staff at Friendship Line. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Reaches Out To Seniors With “Friendship Line”

National estimates show a third of older Americans living in nursing homes suffer from depression, and 60% don’t receive any visitors. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner has created a one-of-a-kind program to lift their spirits.

10/15/2014

Hafiz Hasani at Ygnacio Valley Park in Concord. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Organizes Afghan-American Soccer Club

Community. Friendship. Sportsmanship. They’re what a this week’s Jefferson Award winner brings to the Afghan American community on the soccer field.

09/24/2014

Dr. Diana Sylvestre leads the education group at the OASIS clinic in Oakland (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Diagnoses Hope In The Midst Of An Epidemic

Hepatitis C is the most common bloodborne infection in the country. In fact, nearly two out of every 100 people have been exposed. This week’s Jefferson Award winner started a clinic in Oakland to help those infected with this liver damaging virus — a unique place where patients are not only changing their lives, but also a community.

09/18/2014

Julia Tognotti packs donations at her Belmont home. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Delivers Care And Comfort To Migrants On The Move

A Bay Area teen is mobilizing neighbors and strangers to extend a humanitarian helping hand to migrant children. This week’s Jefferson Award winner was inspired by a film she saw at her San Francisco high school.

09/10/2014

Tim Jahnigen and Lisa Tarver (CBS)

No-Puncture Ball Ignites Power of Play Around the World

The idea started with a news story on refugee children in Darfur: children finding a way to play soccer even in war-torn areas. That’s when this week’s Jefferson Award winners set out to create a ball that wouldn’t let these kids down in the harshest of conditions.

09/03/2014

Michael Rubenstein helps a child check out the Happy Wheels Cart at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Offers Compassion On Wheels

There’s s a lot of stress on families miles from home getting medical treatment for a sick child. That’s when this week’s Jefferson Award winner rolls in offering care and compassion — and smiles — on wheels.

08/27/2014

Joan Miller (right) teaches a piano lesson to student Fedra Britvic. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Keeps Music From Being Silenced In Schools

When budget cuts began to slash music programs in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, one woman jumped in to keep it from being silenced altogether. Now this Jefferson Award winner is helping keeping music alive for students.

08/13/2014