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