PARENTS EDUCATION NETWORK

Rating: 4.81 stars   31 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 281A Sixteenth Avenue San Francisco CA 94118 USA

Mission: PARENTS EDUCATION NETWORK IS A COALITION OF PARENTS COLLABORATING WITH EDUCATORS, STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY TO EMPOWER AND BRING ACADEMIC AND LIFE SUCCESS TO STUDENTS WITH LEARNING AND ATTENTION DIFFERENCES.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Fantastic information, targeted and immediately useful for me as a wife of a dylexic and mother of another dyslexic. Totally surpassed my expectations. Thank you!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

When thrown into the world of LD, I felt scared, alone, and somehow a failure. PEN gave me access to knowledge, events, professionals, and most importantly, connections with other parents/children with similar stories. The event most influential for me has been ED Rev which is produced by PEN. In one day, at one place-I listened to inspirational stories, went to workshops, heard professional speakers, saw software demos, and had instant access to professionals, schools etc... At this event my son and I heard Jonathon Mooney and my son was introduced to other kids involved in SAFE. Today my son loves SAFE and speaks on panels, advocting for himself and others who are not ready to speak out and share their experiences. Both my son and I have have become educated, empowered and filled with passion in the belief that this path is a gift. Through PEN and SAFE, we have the power to help ourselves and others. With a base of pride and knowledge we embrace our experiences and begin to challenge and change perceptions of world around us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Becoming connected with other families in the same situations- received support, knowledge, and developed strategies to help my son and I thrive and be proud of our experiences

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money and venues to continue and expand what they are already doing.

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Rating: 4 stars  

This is the 3rd year my daughter has been involved in SAFE Voices.SAFE, as she describes it, is not a support group; it is an advocacy organization for middle school and high school students who have LD issues. Through their work, the organization and its members do provide support for these students in ways that we, as parents, cannot do. It has been an invaluable experience for her and has helped her gain confidence by being on speaking panel, and organizational skills as she becomes increasingly involved in SAFE's activities. While she never felt that she had any problems with acknowledging her LD issues, it is only since she has been at SAFE that she has grown truly comfortable with her LD. Though initially I had to fight to get her to go, she now says that she wishes she had started earlier. I am so pleased to see her take on the responsibilities she gets from SAFE. I highly recommend this organization for any middle or high school student with LD issues.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the changes in my daughter. She has taken on more and more responsibility as she stays part of SAFE Voices.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would do more outreach and meet more frequently so that they could have more, tangible results to point to. They have written a book and done a video but that was several years ago. Recently, their output has been less tangible.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I am a mother 2year old baby boy I can not speak English help me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I don't no

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

i don't no

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 12 year old son has ADHD and learning disabilities. We live in Sacramento - 2 hours away from San Francisco. We went last year to the PEN SF EdRev and it changed our lives! I feel so hopeful now. I watch everything they do and it is revolutionary. My son's art is in their new calendar and he is so proud! I'm absolutely dying to have this spread to Sacramento. The teen group they have and the strength in leadership coming through is amazing. The collaborative spirit with educators, professionals, families, and children is a model. What I really like is the kids are involved - not separate. I only wish I lived closer!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending SF EdRev 2011

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have it spread to sacramento

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is exceptional at community building! They foster open dialog, self advocacy, opportunities for the general public to learn and understand more about learning differences. Youth that have been involved in this organization tend to be more confident, proud and active in their community! WAY TO GO!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

feeling like I am part of a community and a large one at that

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would have them higher someone to be in charge of fundrasing. That way they could become bigger.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a mother of a boy with learning differences. PEN has been invaluable. Their topics and lectures are fantastic and I have attended many. It's so great to have a community of people who understand what you are going through.
I wish PEN could expand into every state!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

lectures attended

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand them!

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