Sophia Sánchez-Maes – #VoicesofJAF

July 29, 2016 by
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“Public service is hard. It’s sometimes discouraging, and oftentimes isolating, but looking at the stars that surround me in this room alone, I feel so much stronger. As I’m sure all of you do as well. And that’s why I call on you to not just shine, but to light a fire in your communities […]

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Fontbonne Academy – #VoicesofJAF

July 28, 2016 by
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“We know the simple acts of our Ducks in Action group cannot in and of themselves solve the problem of homelessness, but we believe that our small things, done with great love, can ultimately change the world.” Fontbonne Academy’s Students In Action team dedicated their year to supporting homeless women. Known as Ducks In Action, their […]

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El Camino High School – #VoicesofJAF

July 27, 2016 by
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“Next year we will take on the role of an ambassador school and continue to push ourselves even further to lead, inspire and serve, to better the world around us.” After beating hundreds of competing schools across the country to become the top Students In Action team in 2015, El Camino High School was more […]

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CMSgt Jimmy Ingram – #VoicesofJAF

July 26, 2016 by
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“I recognize in myself a complete and compelling spirit to satisfy the needs and desires of the retired and veteran community. To me, the very best way to get the job done is through volunteering to serve those who need service – whether they realize they need it or not.” Retired U.S. Air Force Chief […]

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Willowbrook Middle School – #VoicesofJAF

July 25, 2016 by
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“When I tell people from California that I am from Compton, they immediately think ‘poor, gangs, and not the best.’ However, Students In Action has allowed us to show that it doesn’t matter where you come from and you can still excel from it. And now we can change the way people think of Compton” […]

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Priscilla Puente – #VoicesofJAF

July 22, 2016 by
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“I hope this honor helps shine a light on the important work of Bridge Over Troubled Water, whose mission is really the same as our mission as a union. They want to break the cycle of domestic violence, and we’re actually helping do that by helping people help themselves. We’ve shown that if you give […]

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Justin Phillips – #VoicesofJAF

July 21, 2016 by
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I feel blessed to have this opportunity to save another family from the experience I had and to voice that addiction can be treated like the chronic disease it is. Justin Phillips has dedicated her life to the memory of her son Aaron, who died at the age of 20 after battling heroin addiction. She founded […]

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Clearview Regional High School – #VoicesofJAF

July 20, 2016 by
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“Students In Action, along with the Jefferson Awards Foundation, gave our community a stronger sense of unity and solidarity. Thank you for giving us this opportunity and for making our community a better place.” Throughout the school year, Clearview Regional High School students completed 6,000 hours of community service and raised $30,000 for charity. Yet […]

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Carole Curry – #VoicesofJAF

July 19, 2016 by
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“Some mornings I wake up and don’t feel like functioning. Then I remember Joshua and realize that as bad as I feel, I may be his only hope.” For the last six years Carole Curry has mentored a special needs student named Joshua. Now twelve years old, they have become so close that he calls her […]

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Maggie & Harper Cunningham – #VoicesofJAF

July 18, 2016 by
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“Our community has done a lot for us, and we feel like we should do something for it.” Maggie and Harper Cunningham volunteer in three ways. They are helpers for a special needs baseball team, teachers for citizenship class taught in Spanish, and founders of a 501(c)3 organization called Books and a Blanket. They are 11 […]

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