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Jefferson Awards honors five volunteers

Five students received Jefferson Awards this Fall
by Vanessa Miranda

The Multiplying Good Students in Action program empowers students to think big, choose their own public service passion, engage their entire school and broader communities, and create maximum impact. Students In Action develops high school students into community leaders. The program encourages teenagers to positively impact their schools, communities, and world.

For more info on the Multiplying Good program, visit the Multiplying Good website.


Fall 2020 Jefferson Awards Recipients

Continuous Service Award

Shaila Santos ’21

Shaila has been Para Ti Global’s Senior Ambassador since 2017. She participated and is still participating in various fundraisers that benefit children in the USA, Mexico and the Philippines. Shalia also led an emergency toy drive for a local baptist church in Antioch in order for children to receive Christmas gifts. Hundreds of children were able to receive a toy because of Shaila’s willingness to seek donations. Currently, Shaila is part of Para Ti Global: Project Protect, a project wherein masks sold for $3.00 provides 3 masks for children in need. Watch interview


Mary Saunders has completed over 275 hours of service with Lindsay Wildlife Experience. Mary Saunders ’23

At the Lindsay Wildlife Experience, Mary participates in two youth volunteer programs: Outstanding Wildlife Leaders (OWL) and Keeper in Training (KIT). In the OWL program, she has the opportunity to interact with animals, collaborate with people who share her interest in nature, and educate the public through scout programs, presentations, and other outreach. For the KIT program, She volunteers behind the scenes to help care for Lindsay Wildlife’s animal ambassadors. Mary has completed over 275 hours of service with Lindsay Wildlife Experience. Through her participation in both of these programs, she uses her knowledge about animal care to educate her community. Watch interview

Service Project Award Recipients

Paige Pearson '21 holds handwritten letters delivered to isolated residents at Mercy old folks ho... Paige Pearson ’21

In her Letters of Mercy service project, Paige worked with Elder Care Alliance to insure that residents received a hand-written, personalized letter. She wanted to do something special for the residents to remind them they were not forgotten, and that there are people out there thinking of them. She worked with her religion teacher to implement Letters of Mercy into a class project, and delivered dozens of letters to the residents at ECA. Through her project, Paige was able to bring to light the challenges that the elderly are facing through being separated from their loved ones. Watch interview


Maddy has used her personal experience with scoliosis to bring awareness, offer support and provi... Maddy Wilson ’22

When Maddy was 12, she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Since then, Maddy has used her personal experience to bring awareness, offer support and provide education on the condition of scoliosis. In 2017, Maddy founded a chapter of Curvy Girls International, a support group to help girls through their scoliosis journey. Maddy saw a need to build a community for girls diagnosed with scoliosis, where they could discuss their experience living with this condition. She was also in a video for the UCSF Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgery Department to help patients prepare for surgery. Currently, she is writing a children’s book to help bring awareness to childhood scoliosis. Watch interview


Jordyn created a special project designed to help raise money for scholarships for the Juvenile H... Jordyn Young ’21

Jordyn has been a volunteer with Juvenile Hall Hall Closet (JHHC) since her freshman year at Carondelet. Last year, she wanted to do more to help JHHC, so she created a special project designed to help raise money for scholarships for the Juvenile Hall youth to attend a college or university, a trade school or a vocational program. She organized this project with the support of both the Carondelet varsity and junior varsity soccer teams, who collected coats for the winter to be sold at the JHHC. The proceeds of this project went to advancing the incarcerated youth’s higher education opportunities thus providing hope for a better future for them as well as benefiting the community. Jordyn has continued this project in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, she has collected over 400 items. Watch interview


Vanessa Miranda
Campus Minister for Community Service & Social Advocacy


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