Latest Jefferson Award Recipients

Jefferson Awards: Bay Area Winners Receive National Honor For Bridging Digital Divide On Tribal LandsA pair of Bay Area Jefferson Award winners have received a national honor for their roles in bridging the digital divide on tribal lands.
Richmond Man Helps Young Voices Be Heard Through Community NewspaperYoung people in Richmond are discovering the power of writing, thanks to this week's Jefferson Award winner.
North Bay Veterinarians Saving Animal, Human Lives With Volunteer Mobile Pet ClinicWhen a pair of North Bay veterinarians volunteer, they save two lives: the life of the person and the life of that person's pet.
South Bay Surfer Helping To Clean Up Beaches In Half Moon Bay, South AfricaBillions of pounds of plastic and other pollutants end up in the ocean every year. This week's Jefferson Award winner is a San Mateo County woman who has been rounding up her small coastal community to help clean it up.
STEM Academy Fellowship Trains Black Men To Become TeachersOnly two percent of teachers are black men, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and a San Francisco man is trying to transform that deficit with a new model of leadership training.
Jefferson Award Winner Aims To Bridge Digital Divide Among Bay Area High School StudentsWith very few California high school students being enrolled in computer science, this week's Jefferson Award winner heads a nonprofit aimed at bringing those numbers up and bridging the digital divide.
Playwright Brings Theater, Art, Music To Kids In San Francisco ChinatownA poet, teacher and playwright is sharing her prodigious talents with children while filling a niche in San Francisco Chinatown.
Hayward Woman Fosters More Than 80 Infants In Her Home Over The Past 34 YearsLinda Owens has cared for a 7-week-old baby girl since she left the hospital as a newborn. She is the 81st infant Owens has brought into her home in 34 years as a resource parent.
82-Year-Old North Bay Retiree Works Nonstop To Assist Families With Food, Bills, Rental AssistanceA retired Fairfax man is volunteering seven days a week, coming up with new and creative ways to help his North Bay neighbors stay afloat.
East Bay Program Helps Thousands Of Kids Learn Coding SkillsChildren in the East Bay's Tri-Valley are learning coding, thanks to a community program started by this week's Jefferson Award winners, a mother and son from Dublin.
Free Program In San Francisco's Mission District Teaches Students the Power of MusicA pair of musicians is using the power of music to transform the lives of underserved students in San Francisco's Mission District.
Special Academy on Treasure Island Gives Hope to Troubled, High-Risk StudentsA San Francisco woman has spent 21 years creating miracles for high-risk teenagers, helping transform campus truants into high school graduates.
Formerly Homeless Oakland Man Leads Project To Clean Up EncampmentsAn Oakland resident who was once homeless is now on a mission to clean up homeless encampments in the city and has trained other volunteers to help him in the process.
High School Students Create 'Kits Cubed' To Inspire Oakland Kids To Tap Into Their Inner ScientistA pair of young men in are making science more interactive and inviting for kids in Oakland who have yet to tap into their inner scientist.
Tech CEO Michel Thouati Organizes HelpBerkeley To Feed Seniors During PandemicAn East Bay neighborhood has banded together to feed those most vulnerable to COVID-19. This week's Jefferson Award winner is leading the effort.
Oakland-Based Nonprofit Helping Bridge Digital Divide In Native American Tribal LandsIt's estimated almost half of Americans living in rural areas don't have access to broadband. The numbers are even worse for those living on Native American tribal lands.
San Jose Woman Creates Website, Network Linking PPE Donors To Frontline WorkersA San Jose woman has been closing a critical gap in the coronavirus pandemic - how to quickly get PPE from donors to recipients.
Nonprofit CEO Is Driving Force In Helping North Marin Families In CrisisFor more than a decade of helping community members in need in North Marin, this week's Jefferson Award in the Bay Area goes to Cheryl Paddack.
Tech Entrepreneurs Offer Free Job Training To Unemployed Tech WorkersTwo longtime friends have teamed up to help jobless tech workers, giving for free a training program that would normally cost thousands of dollars a person.