Think Globally, Act Locally!

The Jefferson Award is a prestigious award given to students for participating in unique community service. Anyone can nominate a student for consideration (teacher, parent, friend, even the student themself). ​You can nominate through email by sending a brief message to the Jefferson Team at or Mr Burrell at Visit the Jefferson page for more information.

Service Awards


Pioneer is now collecting applications for PResidential Service Awards. In order to qualify, you must have completed a minimum of 100 community service hours in one calendar year (you can pick the start/stop date). To learn more, please visit our Presidential Award page

The deadline for applying is

Friday, September 24.

Since 1998, Pioneer has celebrated the start of the school year & beginning of the Sophomore Project with the Fall Outreach Fair. Due to current SJUSD restrictions regarding COVID, we have the cancel the fair this year.

This form is for students who

A) are unsure if their non-profit is appropriate or if the school will accept hours from the organization (think hospitals, preschools, veterinarians)


B) want to create their own service project and receive hours for the planning & completion of the project (think book drives, park clean ups, creating computer coding classes for elderly adults).

Due to the ongoing threat of COVID 19, the 2021-22 Sophomore Project has been modified. We will not be requiring community service for the project this year; however, we highly recommend that students complete community service as part of the project in order to fully experience its benefits.


Service Learning has been a part of Pioneer High School since 1995 when the first Sophomore Project was completed. Michael Stark and Bob Vasconcellos started Service Learning through innovative projects like BioSITE, Senior Exhibition, YMCA Leadership Development, and S-Period Service Hour.


Mike Burrell and Rob Zaccheo took over the program in 2002. In 2005, the first Service Learning Leadership class began. Every year, students in the class learn valuable organizational skills along with project management tasks as they create, plan, and evaluate various service projects on campus. The Fall Outreach Fair, blood drives, Red Ribbon Week, Diversity Week, and Earth Day are just a few examples of these projects.


Mike Burrell - Service Learning Coordinator

1290 Blossom Hill Road, 

San Jose, CA 95118


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