Awards, Honors & Recognition
Over the course of our program, we have been fortunate to receive recognition from various news agencies, and the praise of many important organizations that believe in our work. We believe that these acknowledgments speak to the power of the curriculum and the impact it has on our participants. We are grateful and humbled by the acknowledgments we have received.
This award recognizes young leaders and youth initiatives that exemplify exceptional leadership in social justice and nonviolent social change, in the spirit of Coretta Scott King.
The Hidden Hero epitomizes the spirit that motivated Andrew Goodman to travel to Mississippi in 1964, an ordinary person engaged in extraordinary action for a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. Hidden Heroes are nominated by their peers and are selected by The Andrew Goodman Foundation Board of Trustees. Awardees are presented a medal at the annual recognition ceremony, a grant to sustain and expand the work of their nonprofits or social enterprise organizations, and an in-house Andrew Goodman Foundation Fellowship. for Social Change.
Presented to Sojourn in honor of our work with students in the City and County of San Francisco. “Sojourn Project has provided San Francisco youth with the opportunity to participate in the innovative ‘I Am the Change’ pilot program. Your support has made a dramatic difference in the lives of our young leaders of tomorrow. Thank you for being the change you want to see in San Francisco,” said District Attorney George Gascon.
Given by the National Civil Rights Conference Planning Committee, the award is bestowed upon innovators, scholars, activists, educators, individuals, and organizations whose body of work promotes human dignity, civil rights, and social justice.
Presented to Jeff Steinberg by California State Senator Jerry Hill as selected by the San Mateo, California planning team for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Ceremony in that county. Specifically, the award recognizes educators committed to justice, understanding, civic engagement, and diversity awareness in the spirit of Dr. King.
Authored by State Senators Curren D. Price, Jr. and Mark Leno, the California State Senate presented Sojourn Project with a resolution commending the organization’s work “for providing a unique and transformational educational experience for high school pupils and teachers that fosters a more civil society where diversity is embraced, injustice is spoken out against, and all people are treated with dignity and respect.”
Authored by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, the California State Assembly presented Minnijean Brown-Trickey (Little Rock Nine) with a Resolution honoring her heroism during the Civil Rights Movement and her years of work with Sojourn Project as an anti-racism and direct-action workshop facilitator.
The nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school programs devoted to achieving positive outcomes for youth by engaging them in the arts and humanities was presented to Sojourn Project by First Lady Michelle Obama. The award is administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Sojourn was one of 12 honored programs selected from a field of nearly 500 nominations submitted throughout the country, and was the only recipient from California.
The National Education Association recognizes individuals whose exemplary accomplishments have made a significant impact on education and the achievement of equal opportunity.
The U.S. Congress voted unanimously in the House of Representatives to honor Sojourn Project. Representatives Jared Polis (CO), Tom Petri (WI), and John Lewis (GA) spoke to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sojourn and to recognize our outstanding service as the longest-running civil rights education and outreach program for youth in the nation.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) established the Excellence in Education Awards to recognize and raise awareness of teachers, parents, businesses, and organizations that are working to make positive changes in education.
The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. They are presented on two levels: nationally and locally. Their primary purpose is to recognize individuals who have shown tremendous commitment to bettering their communities and serve as a “call to action for volunteers.”
Let’s bring this valuable program to many more middle and high school students, and build a world devoted to equal justice and equal opportunity.
One person of integrity and courage can make a difference.