My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Aim High, San Francisco, CA, USA
Aim High has been an amazing experience for my son. The young men and women that taught there were excellent mentors and eventually encouraged my son to volunteer as a TA..something he never saw himself doing. After a summer of full time volunteer work, my son returned the following year as a paid TA and was thrilled to have the opportunity for a meaningful summer job and some income.
The staff is very devoted and challenges and encourages the students to expand their vision of what they are capable of.
The program was also a life saver for me when I was a single mom and didn't want my middle schooler unsupervised during the summer. To know that he had guidance and academic support set my mind at ease while i was at work. The tutoring offered by high schoolers during the school year was also extremely helpful.
This is an outstanding program! Thank you!
Review for Parents Education Network, San Francisco, CA, USA
I am the mother of a dyslexic boy. I had never heard of dyslexia until I experienced my son's struggles in reading and word retrieval. I feel incredibly blessed that Parents Education Network had a presence in my son's school as they have provided my family with "one stop shopping" for all the challenges that we continue to face as we navigate my son's education.
I have attended many lectures and events sponsored by PEN and have met other parents at these events with whom I can swap information, advice and support. PEN also provides resource referrals so that I do not have to re-invent the wheel in isolation while trying to support my son.
As much as I value and appreciate all of the above , by far the most outstanding service provided by PEN is the activities geared to empower the children themselves and teach them to understand their unique ways of learning and advocate for themselves. My son understands that he learns DIFFERENTLY, not poorly, and is pro-active in learning how to attain his goals with his unique strengths and weaknesses. SAFE voices, EdRev and the community that PEN creates have been invaluable in fostering self sufficiency, self-esteem and hope for the future in my son....something we would not have known how to attain without the community and resources that PEN has created. We are so grateful for their good works!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
fostering an empowered grass roots community that supports and understands the challenges of learning differences and can provide guidance and resources for addressing these issues. PEN has also supported us through its work with schools and educators. We have found that often a teacher will understand the challenges of a certain learning difference because they have attended a PEN lecture or event and be more creative and open to working with my son's unique learning challenges as a result.
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How did you find this group?
word of mouth/presentation at school
What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?
I have a greater appreciation for variability of intelligence and learning in myself, my son and people around me. I see the value in forging a unique path to self fulfillment that may not follow a conventional, previously charted path. My son and I reach out to others with these challenges and understand the value around community building to support different learners.