San Francisco Youth Services Leader Left Corporate World Behind To Dedicate Himself To Helping KidsKian Alavi loves what he does and who he does it for. As the Deputy Director at San Francisco's Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Alavi oversees five different youth services programs for the organization.
Running Coach Helps San Quentin Inmates Turn Their Lives AroundBehind the walls of San Quentin State Prison, inmates are finding hope and help through a running club that's been around for 14 years.
Free, Fun Math Tutoring Program Is Brainchild Of 2 Bay Area Teen FriendsWhen Maya Nayak and Monjish Bhattacharyya were in 7th grade, the childhood friends saw a need for free math tutoring in their local community. So in 2015 they formed FunMath4Kids.
Visionary's Programs Transform Inmates' Lives In & Beyond San Francisco County JailFor pioneering programs that transform the lives of inmates in San Francisco County and beyond, this week's Jefferson Award in the Bay Area goes to Sunny Schwartz.
Richmond Reverend Does Outreach Work For Western Contra Costa SchoolsRev. Andre Shumake has never forgotten the late night calls he received from grieving mothers whose sons were killed on the streets of Richmond's Iron Triangle.
Teaching Students How To Be Leaders Has Been Decades-Long Effort For Bay Area WomanStudents around the nation and the world are gaining valuable leadership skills because of this week's Jefferson Award winner, Dr. June Thompson.
Parole Agent Creates Path For Former Inmates To Re-Enter Society, Stay Out Of PrisonWhen a person is released from prison, they can come back into a world that's changed dramatically. A Bay Area man has taken on the task of running a program to help former inmates re-enter society, and for years it's been a success.
Longtime Champion Of Bay Area Educational Non-Profits Shifts Focus To KenyaDiane Dodge has made it her life’s work to help Bay Area young people reach their educational goals. Now she’s shifted her focus to another continent.
Solar Invention Spurs Idea To Bring Light To Impoverished Communities Across GlobeAbout 1 billion people in the world have no access to electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. A South Bay man is helping change that with an invention he helped sketch on a coffee shop napkin.
Friends Form Non-Profit To Lift Richmond Youth Toward SuccessRising to meet the needs of young people in Richmond became a mission for two women and fellow residents who formed a non-profit center to provide counseling, college support and cultural programming.
Berkeley Volunteer Helps Household Repairs For Those In NeedAs people get older, it can get harder to keep up with home maintenance and repairs. For nearly 30 years, a Berkeley woman has helped make sure those in need get such services for free.
Former Prosecutor Creates Non-Profit To Help Juvenile Offenders Get Back On TrackAn East Bay man has founded a non-profit aimed at reducing the number of juvenile offenders who get caught in the revolving door of the justice system.
Thousands Served As Community Leader Elevates SF Mission Neighborhood Center To New HeightsFor Sam Ruiz, serving the residents of the San Francisco's Mission District and beyond is his life's dream.
'Mayor' Of San Francisco Tenderloin District Works To Provide Tech Jobs To Underserved, At-RiskA man who was once described as the biggest dope dealer of San Francisco's Tenderloin is now known as the district's mayor for his work in making sure his neighbors get a fair shot at new technology jobs in their area.
Volunteer Socializes Thousands Of Puppies In Their Journey To Become Guide Dogs For BlindOn any given day in downtown San Rafael, passersby will see dozens of guide dogs being trained in real-life crosswalk and traffic situations. But long before these dogs get to the street, thousands of volunteers help socialize and raise them as puppies.