Giving Tuesday and Helping JAF this December

November 13, 2015 by

Here at the Jefferson Awards Foundation, we power public service. We are America’s gold seal of public service. Like our namesake, we believe engaging in social good inspires purpose – and drives lasting solutions for our communities and the nation. Our five programs accelerate and amplify public service. We deliver tools for collective engagement and empower anyone to make an impact. We train and activate […]

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Every Kid Deserves the Tools to Dream

September 14, 2015 by

LEAD360 is a platform for simple, fun service that is easy for everyone, powered by youth-driven solutions. It is a 2-phase challenge. Phase 1 is a contest where we gather the best ideas of young people. Patricia Anne Manubay was this year’s winner of Phase 1 in Education & Literacy. She is an 18-year old graduate […]

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The Jefferson Awards Foundation Partners with Compton Unified School District to Promote Public Service Among Student Population

August 4, 2015 by

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) JULY 28, 2015 The Jefferson Awards Foundation, America’s most prestigious and long-standing organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service, announced today a new partnership with the Compton Unified School District. The Jefferson Awards Foundation will work closely with the 35 schools and 23,000+ students in the Compton School District to […]

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#Dreamboxes Goes to the Philippines

July 9, 2015 by

This post comes from #LEAD360 winner & #Dreamboxes founder Patricia Manubay, who was recently able to bring her project to the Philippines.   On June 8, 2015 my family and I traveled to Sito Lunao Elementary School in Laguna, Philippines. It was a small school for kinder to grade five students located at the very […]

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#Voicesof JAF – Julie Rubini On Impact

July 2, 2015 by

This post originally appeared on – read it here: The young woman walked confidently up to the wooden lectern, with the beautiful bright blue Jefferson Awards Foundation logo sparkling with all the camera flashes. Without hesitation she began her story. “At the age of eight my father was incarcerated for one hundred and thirty-five […]

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National Ceremony Wrap-Up

July 1, 2015 by

A NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HILLARY SCHAFER We did it! Our 43rd Annual National Ceremony in Washington, DC was a huge success. The overall event spanned three days and included a summit for our Champion companies, a youth empowerment event, a GlobeChangers bootcamp, a service project that engaged all of our constituents, and the […]

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Corinne Hindes: Simply Irresistible

January 23, 2015 by

Today’s post comes from Corinne Hindes, the co-founder of Warm Winters. Corinne is a JAF GlobeChanger & a member of the Think Big Team. Can an ordinary teen change everything with a simple idea? Growing up, the world seemed impossibly large and complicated to me; there were so many puzzle pieces to put together, and the […]

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Valerie Weisler: Lights, Camera & Taking Action

January 12, 2015 by

Since I was little, I’ve been a sucker for cheesy movies. Make some popcorn and put on a sappy chick flick about love and adventure and I’m all yours. Whenever I would watch these movies when I was younger, where the main character goes through struggles but finds their way, I would think about what […]

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What’s your BIG IDEA? – Launching 2015’s LEAD360 Challenge

January 5, 2015 by

LEAD360 is the platform that powers youth service ideas: to realize their vision, act as the megaphone for their voices, and empower them and the country to ACT with MAXIMUM IMPACT. Happy New Year! We’re so excited to launch 2015’s LEAD360 Challenge. In our 5th year of LEAD360, we’re amplifying the challenge even further. This […]

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Past Recipient Check-In: Dr. Jim Withers & The Street Medicine Institute

November 26, 2014 by

There are people – there human beings out on the streets of cities that are living and dying and it doesn’t need to be that way. The Jefferson Awards highlighting the work that we do enabled us to have the credibility within the medical community, it inspired so many of the volunteers early on to […]

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