History & Activities

SAFE (Student Advisors for Education), founded in 2006, is a student-organized, student-led branch of Parents Education Network and is comprised of more than 50 students from Bay Area public, independent and parochial schools.

In 2006, Jonathan Mooney met and inspired an amazing group of teenage students in the Bay Area. With their outstanding volunteer advisors Brian Thomas, Nancy Cushen White, Frances Dickson and Shafia Zaloom, they meet to share their experiences. They laugh, write, speak on panels, mentor and self-advocate. They are the youthful heart and soul, and, we believe, the future of PEN.

The Activities of SAFE Include:

annie_panel.JPG Meeting at least monthly with each other and their professional advisors - click here for dates.

They created and produced a video that premiered as a Public Service Announcement at the PEN/SF Giants LD Awareness Night on September 20, 2007 - watch it here

They created and published a book, "Read This When You Can," in collaboration with Jonathan Mooney and the 826 Valencia Writing Center - available for purchase

Sharing their life experiences by speaking on public panels at conferences and school events. One of their panel presentations was filmed and edited by a SAFE member - watch it here. >Also, please read this article written by Steven Morris, Head of the San Francisco School, about a presentation given to his faculty.

Participating in a Bay Area chapter of the Eye to Eye mentoring program, established by a SAFE member and staffed by Eye to Eye trained members of the group. - see training & meeting dates. Community service credit is available for this powerful and rewarding experience. If interested in becoming a mentor please contact sf@studentadvisors.org.

Featured in an HBO documentary "Journey into Dyslexia" on urban education by filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond. The group has participated in two full days of individual interviews and been filmed in the Eye to Eye artroom and at their art show at Presidio Hill School.


This unique group of teens is passionate about learning differently, pursuing their fullest potential and spreading awareness of their capacity for academic and life success. If you or someone you know is interested in joining or learning more, please  

Parents Education Network (PEN), 6050 Geary Blvd., Ste. 101A, San Francisco, CA 94121    Phone: (415) 751-2237

PEN is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, federal tax ID# 43-2008436.

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