Latest Jefferson Awards News

'Super Volunteer' Helps Society's Most VulnerableThis week's Jefferson Award winner is called a "super volunteer" for going above and beyond to help some of the East Bay's most vulnerable.
'Leaders Are Readers' Shares Gift Of Reading With YoungstersMykah Montgomery created Leaders Are Readers to gather community leaders to read to and empower children in San Leandro.
Mission Possible Re-Entry Program Helps People Rebuild Their LivesThis week's Jefferson Award winner is the founding pastor of a 31-year-old San Jose church. But that does not begin to describe the breadth and scope of the volunteer work that he and his congregation have been doing for decades.
TeenzTalk Helps Teenagers Share Mental Health ResourcesOne in five teenagers live with a mental health condition. After Nadia Ghaffari stepped in to help a friend in crisis, she set out to help all teenagers with resources and support.
Holocaust Survivors Teach The Next Generation About HistoryTwo Vallejo sisters, in their nineties, share their firsthand memories of a dark chapter in world history so that the next generation may know the truth of the past.
CSIX Connect Gives Job Seekers Leads And SupportLooking for a job can be pretty discouraging, even depressing. This week's Jefferson Award winner has helped countless people find jobs in Silicon Valley through a free networking service.
Rusty Halo Foundation Pairs Kids In Need With HorsesSteph Peek created the Rusty Halo Foundation to provide therapeutic riding for kids with intellectual delays, and kids in the foster care system.
Oakland Foundation Serves Children In NeedOra Knowell gives away backpacks and offers other services under the auspices of her nonprofit West Oakland Lower Bottom Fatherless Children's Foundation.
Josie's Place Helps Children And Adults Cope With GriefEleven years ago, this week's Jefferson Award co-founded Josie's Place for Bereaved Youth and Families, a place for young people and their caregivers to grieve, heal, and grow.
Beats Rhymes And Life Uses Hip Hop As Non-Traditional TherapyBeats Rhymes and Life is an Oakland-based non-profit that combines hip-hop and rap with self-care.