Jefferson Awards

Ronald Chase talks with students at his San Francisco studio. (CBS)

Artist Inspires Youth To Embrace Creativity And Culture

A San Francisco man is sharing his love of art with young people, and inspiring a new generation to embrace their creative sides.

07/29/2015

Michael Swaine works at his "Mending Library" in the Tenderloin. (CBS)

Professor-Turned-Tailor Mends Clothes And Community

While riding home one day, a man picks up an old-fashioned sewing machine he found dumped in a trash heap. What he’s done with it the last 14 years makes him this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

07/22/2015

Dori Maxon swims with SNAP participants at the Berkeley YMCA. (CBS)

Swim Program Combines Fun With Support For Special Needs Kids

It started with one lesson nearly 25 years ago. Today, many special needs children are discovering the joy of playing in a swimming pool, thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

07/15/2015

Vineet Kosaraju (left) and Nikhil Cheerla. (CBS)

Teenagers Create Free Program To Teach Other Kids Computer Coding

Most high school students would rather spend their summer vacations far away from the classroom. But Jefferson Award winners Vineet Kosaraju and Nikhil Cheerla are choosing to go back to school, and this time they are the teachers.

07/08/2015

Olis Simmons (right) shares a laugh with Ronald Easley. (CBS)

East Oakland’s Youth Uprising Transforms Lives For Future Leaders

In an East Oakland neighborhood, where some are even too scared to drive, there is a woman who has helped thousands of young people turn their lives around.

07/01/2015

Sherry Higgs (CBS)

Cancer Patients Get Free Rides To Treatment Appointments

A cancer patient often has another concern: how to get to all those medical appointments. But that’s where this week’s Jefferson Award winner steps in. Sherry Higgs knows firsthand what it’s like to battle cancer. And she’s devoting her life to make sure patients get a ride.. and a friend.

06/17/2015

Ray Harris helps move a new bed into a family's home. (CBS)

Castro Valley Families In Need Get Free Necessities

Castro Valley families in need have somewhere to turn for the necessities they just can’t afford: this week’s Jefferson Award winner is providing support whenever someone calls for help.

06/10/2015

Rue Mapp hits the trail with Outdoor Afro. (CBS)

Group Connects African Americans With A Love Of Nature

Combine African Americans, the outdoors, and social media, and what do you get? A non-profit this week’s Jefferson Award winner says cures a “nature deficit disorder.”

06/03/2015

Ali Barekat at a San Jose Sunday Friends program. (CBS)

‘Sunday Friends’ Program Helps San Jose Families End Poverty

This week’s Jefferson Award winner switched from a career in technology to the world of non-profits and found his calling in helping San Jose families.

05/27/2015

Barbara and Rob Dicely introduce a cheetah to the students at Twin Hills Middle School in Sebastopol. (CBS)

North Bay Couple Brings Wild Cats To Schools For Conservation Lessons

She taught kindergarten. He taught high school. But now, the retired couple lives on the “wild” side. This week’s Jefferson Award winners are offering a different kind of educaton: one that brings wild cats up close.

05/21/2015

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