Jefferson Awards

Richard Kauffman leads a class of volunteers in Beaconsfield Canyon. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Nurtures Nature To Restore Habitats

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.

19 hours ago

Gail Diserens welcomes Nick Lyons for a visit. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Puts Students On Track To College Success

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.

12/10/2014

Karl Debro chats with his former student Robert Marrujo at Contra Costa College. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Steers Students To College

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.

12/03/2014

Jeff Duncan-Andrade instructs students at San Francisco State University. (CBS)

Students Thrive With Jefferson Award Winner’s Constant Support

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.

11/26/2014

Dave and Sheila Rowntree at a recent meeting of Troop 1994. (CBS)

True Scouting Troop Embraces Special Needs Boys

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.

11/19/2014

Demetrius Shelton speaks to students at Castlemont High School in Oakland. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Equips Teenagers With Knowledge For Adulthood

What freedoms and responsibilities do you have when you become an adult? That’s what this Jefferson Award winner is teaching young African Americans.

11/12/2014

Dan McClosky (left) distributes fliers for his holiday food drive. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Rallies Congregations To Support Food Banks

This week’s Jefferson Award winner always enjoyed Thanksgiving with his family even when there wasn’t a lot to go around. So when he learned there wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving for many of his neighbors, he did something about it.

11/05/2014

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

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