EdRev Expo: A Day of Awareness, Access and Action
In April, more than 2,000 kids, parents, educators and experts visited AT&T Park in San Francisco to attend the EdRev Expo, an annual tradition started by Parents Education Network (PEN) ten years ago. This year’s event, hosted by CHC, focused on increasing awareness, access and action for the 1 in 5 with learning and attention challenges often compounded by anxiety and depression.
The weekend kicked off on April 20 with EdRevUp!, a gathering of nearly 200 eighth through twelfth grade students who live with a variety of learning and attention challenges. These terrific kids came together to share their experiences, discuss their challenges and focus on their strengths. It was a transformative day of empowerment, student advocacy and community building. Students felt a great sense of connection and were truly able to relate to one another.
EdRev Expo began the next morning with an engaging presentation by Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline and author of Be the One. The day featured 55 workshops with more than 75 presenters, a beautiful student art exhibition, a lively exhibit hall and family-friendly activities on the field including yoga, rock climbing, face painting and live music. Other highlights included free parent consultations with CHC clinicians and a health, wellness and self-care track for kids. And thanks to our donors, more than 100 families served by CHC’s Ravenswood Initiative attended with complimentary transportation, lunch and translation services.
Attendees shared that they “loved the spirit of inclusion and celebration” and that “having so many resources at my fingertips was amazing!”
CHC’s EdRev Expo team thanks all of the sponsors, exhibitors, donors, presenters, volunteers, attendees, awesome kids and everyone who participated in this fun-filled day of learning and awareness. Special thanks to our key partners Understood.org and the Board of the former Parents Education Network (PEN) for making this day possible. Plans are already in motion for EdRev Expo 2019, scheduled to take place next April.