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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: Parents Education Network (PEN) 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

Programs: Pen brings nationally and locally known speakers to our speaker series lectures, workshops, support groups and national conference (edrevsf) to educate parents, educators and students about the strengths and challenges of students with learning and attention differences. We provide opportunities for our members to connect with each other to share resources and work together for student success.

student advisors for education (safe) is a student community that strives to educate, mentor and support students, parents and teachers regarding the strengths and challenges of students with learning and attention differences(ld). They meet monthly, speak on panels, have written a book and created videos about their experiences as students with ld. They gather annually as a national community at edrev-up to support other students in finding their unique voice in their own educational journeys.

pen is launching a national affiliate program to connect more families, educators and students dealing with learning and attention differences. This community will provide education about the strengths and challenges that accompany these differences, provide models on how to collaborate and include the student voice in conversations around learning differently and support and empower students to find their unique voice to transform their educational journeys.

other program accomplishments include participation in events such as learning & the brain and celebrate dyslexia.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Eve H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Zoila L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar