Latest Jefferson Award Recipients

Former School Administrator Promotes Growth, School Gardens Through Non-ProfitA former school administrator cultivates a vision for healthy people and a healthy community with her work through an East Bay non-profit organization.
'Puente' Provides Much-Needed Resources To Families, Farmworkers On South Coast Of San Mateo Co.Living in the rural areas of southern San Mateo County's coast can be isolating and challenging, especially for poor families who are still learning English. This week's Jefferson Award winner heads up the region's only community resource center.
East Bay Social Worker's Generosity Bring Smiles to Those in NeedThis week's Jefferson Award winner has worked in Alameda County social services for more than 30 years, but she goes above and beyond to bring smiles to the families who receive county assistance in their greatest time of need.
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.
Marin County Woman and Therapy Dog Offer Comfort to Stressed First RespondersA North Bay woman and her dog travel around the state to bring comfort to first responders on the job.
Lacrosse Coach Brings Sport, Mentoring, College Counseling To Oakland Public SchoolsAn East Bay lacrosse coach is helping to bring one of the oldest team sports in North America to more Oakland public school students.
Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Teaches Others to Give with GratitudeA venture capitalist who set a goal of making a difference in the lives of 50 million children around the world is paying it forward, already impacting the lives of nearly 40 million of them.
East Bay Resident Makes Fire Prevention a PassionAn Bay Area resident who has been a fire prevention activist since she lost her home in the Oakland Hills firestorm 30 years ago, Sue Piper is passionate about disaster preparedness.
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.
Oakland Man's Non-Profit Refurbishes Thousands Of Used Computers, Laptops To Help Close Digital DivideAn Oakland man leading a technology nonprofit had a big part in helping close the digital divide among the city's students during the pandemic switch to virtual learning.
COVID Vaccines: San Francisco Doctor Opens Own Vaccination Site For His Senior PatientsWhen the COVID-19 vaccine became available earlier this year, a San Francisco doctor realized many of his patients could be left out.
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.
Hayward Teachers Bring Science to Life With Home Kits For StudentsTwo Hayward teachers are bringing hands-on science activities to life for students learning from home during the pandemic.