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OHIO SOJOURN STUDENTS MAKE HISTORY

As a result of Youngstown, Ohio Sojourn students and student alumni lobbying their local and state legislators to accomplish a non-violence week in their city and state, the Governor of Ohio signed Senate Bill 38 in July (introduced by Senator Schiavoni) declaring that, each year, the first week in October will be “Nonviolence Week in Ohio”.  They persevered, first to accomplish a non-violence week ordinance in Youngstown and then set their sights on the Governor’s office. One of the components of Sojourn’s immersion journeys is the development of direct action plans. This is a premier example of Sojourn’s positive influence on motivating students to become engaged leaders for social change.

THE INDEPENDENT CHARITIES SEAL OF EXCELLENCE

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June 2013: The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.  These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world.  Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD

June 2013: The Civil Rights and Social Justice Award presented to Jeff Steinberg in Meridian, Missisppi by the National Civil Rights Conference Planning Committee. The award recognizes innovators, scholars, activists, educators, individuals and organizations whose body of work and example promote human dignity, civil rights and social justice.

DOROTHY BOYAJIAN HONORED TEACHER AWARD

January 2013:  Dorothy Boyajian Honored Teacher Award was presented to Jeff Steinberg by Senator Jerry Hill as selected by the San Mateo County, CA planning team for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Ceremony in that county. Senator Hill nominated Mr. Steinberg for the Award which honors commitment to justice, understanding, civic engagement and diversity awareness in the spirit of Dr. King.

CALIFORNIA SENATE RESOLUTION No. 260

Pictured from left to right: Honorable Curren D. Price, Jr., 26th Senatorial District; Honorable Darrell Steinberg, Senate President Pro Tempore; Minnijean Brown Trickey (Little Rock Nine); Jeff Steinberg, Sojourn founder and executive director; Honorable Mark Leno, 3rd Senatorial District

February 2012: Authored by Senators Curren D. Price, Jr. and Mark Leno, the California State Senate presented Sojourn to the Past with a Resolution commending Sojourn “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”.

CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION

February 2012:  Authored by Assemblymember 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 to the Past as anti-racism and direct action workshop facilitator.

RECIPIENT OF THE PRESIDENT’S COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES 2011 NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARD (NAHYPA)

Jeff Steinberg (Founder and Director) and Andrea Gonzales (Student Representative) with First Lady Michelle Oba

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 to the Past by First Lady Michelle Obama in a formal ceremony in the East Room at the White House on November 2, 2011. The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Sojourn to the Past was selected from a field of nearly 500 nominations submitted from throughout the country as one of twelve recipients of the Award and the only winner from California.
Click here for NAHYPA Dear Colleague Letter from US Congress

 

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION CARTER G. WOODSON (Father of Black History) MEMORIAL AWARD

February 2011: The National Education Association (NEA) announced the selection of  Sojourn founder Jeff Steinberg with the Award which was presented at its annual ceremony in July 2011 in Chicago.  The Award recognizes an individual whose exemplary accomplishments have made a significant impact on education and the achievement of equal opportunity.
Click here for NEA news release
Click here for youtube video “NEA’s Carter G. Woodson Award goes to Jeff Steinberg”

UNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION H.Res. 1058

July 2010: The United States Congress voted unanimously in the House to honor and praise Sojourn to the Past. Click here to listen to Floor speeches by Congressman Jared Polis (CO), Congressman Tom Petri (WI), and Congressman John Lewis (GA) commemorating 10 years of service as the longest running civil rights education and outreach program for youth in the country.
Click here to view content of Congressional Recognition

PBS

The Public Broadcasting System, one of Sojourn to the Past’s Community Partners, named Sojourn as a collaborating partner on its American Experience Freedom Riders project in the area of curriculum (2010).
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/partners

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD

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.

RESOLUTION FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE

August 2009: Resolution commending the outstanding accomplishments of Sojourn to the Past authored by Assemblymember Jerry Hill and co-signed by then Speaker of the Assembly, Karen Bass, now a US Congresswoman.
Click here for photo of presentation

THE JEFFERSON AWARD

The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. They are presented on two levels: national and local. They began in 1972 to create a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a “Call to Action for Volunteers” in local communities.

Sojourn to the Past has really helped me grow as a person and be more open and friendly.
-Phillip, former participant
 

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