It’s a one-of-a-kind holiday lights spectacular in the East Bay — amazing not just because of the show, but the man behind it: this week’s Bay Area Jefferson Award winner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What freedoms and responsibilities do you have when you become an adult? That’s what this Jefferson Award winner is teaching young African Americans.
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.
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.