Jefferson Awards

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

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

Jefferson Award winners Tim Harper (center) with Peanut Louie Harper (right). (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winners Coach Kids To Build Future Success

Thanks to modern culture, a lot of kids measure success by money, power, and status – at any cost. But this week’s Jefferson Award winners are coaching a different message at schools around California and their students are thriving.

08/06/2014

Dave and Rosie Basso gather at home with some of the beneficiaries of the Michael Basso Memorial Foundation. (CBS)

Marin Couple Honors Son With Foundation For Giving

A North Bay couple whose son died twenty years ago has transformed their grief into something good. Dave and Rosie Basso decided that the best way to pay tribute to their son was to live life as he did.

07/30/2014

Terry Anders (left) with a participant in the CityBuild Academy pre-apprenticeship program. (CBS)

Judge’s Trust Inspires Bank Robber To Turn His Life Around

A quarter century ago, a San Francisco man was looking at spending the rest of his life in prison. Today, he’s spending his life trying to keep ex-offenders from winding up back behind bars.

07/23/2014

Arif Khatib presents awards to hard-working students in Oakland. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Honors Athletes And Mentors Youth

Whether it’s athletes or community all-stars, he honors the underdog. This week’s Jefferson Award winner believes there are some people, famous or not, who are not getting the recognition or encouragement they deserve. So he does it himself.

07/16/2014

(CBS) Olenka Villarreal (left) with her daughters in Palo Alto.

Jefferson Award Winner Creates A Playground To Include Kids Of All Abilities

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, most children’s playgrounds today are wheelchair accessible. But for many kids with special needs, that doesn’t make it a level playing field. This week’s Jefferson Award goes to a Peninsula mother who has spent the last 6 years working to create a magical space for everyone in her community to enjoy.

07/09/2014

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