Jefferson Awards

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

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

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