Students For Education Reform Action Network (SFER AN) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization that supports, trains, and coaches student leaders who seek to improve K-12 education in the U.S. SFER AN members demand policy change, hold elected leaders accountable at the polls, influence the platforms of candidates running for office, and build power in communities like West Contra Costa that have historically been left behind.

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What is SFER Action Network?

Student organizers founded SFER Action Network in California in 2012. In 2015, SFER Action Network- West Contra Costa fellows knocked on over 10,000 doors and talked to thousands of individuals to understand community opinions on the school system, and ensure that low-income residents understood the role of the school board and the power of their vote. Fellows collected over 1,300 supporter cards from residents indicating their support of quality education for low-income students, and registered over 250 voters.

Why SFER Action Network?

SFER AN Fellows are fighting for quality education that prepares all students in West County for success in college and life. Sadly, not all students currently receive this opportunity. Only 42 percent of high school students graduate meeting UC/CSU admissions requirements. For low-income students, the number drops to 37 percent. (California Department of Education)

SFER Action Network Video

Door to door and block by block, SFER Action Network fellows like Miguel Molina spark enthusiasm about local school board elections.

Check out this powerful video to see why our fellowship is so important for the community.

Our Endorsements

Tom Panas

SFER AN- West Contra Costa is proud to endorse Tom Panas for school board. The endorsement is based on Mr. Panas’ focus on accountability, transparency, student achievement, and safe schools.

"I'm beyond thrilled to receive the SFER AN endorsement. The SFER AN Fellows are a very diverse group of individuals, most of who went through West County public schools, and I'm honored to have earned their vote of confidence. I can't do this alone; it is crucial that we elevate the voices of young people and recent graduates. I am confident that together, we will improve education outcomes for students, parents, and teachers.” –Tom Panas

Join us in voting for Tom Panas in November!

Stephanie Sequeira

SFER AN- West Contra Costa is proud to endorse Stephanie Sequeira for school board. The endorsement is based on Mrs. Sequeira's commitment to transparency and data-driven decisions; community engagement and parent involvement; and student achievement and school culture.

"I am running as a parent leader to ensure that the district prioritizes the needs of all our students. I am thankful for the SFER AN endorsement because we share similar values, and I believe that together we can improve our district. Si se puede!" - Stephanie Sequeira

Join us in voting for Stephanie Sequeira in November!

Measure T

SFER AN- West Contra Costa is pleased to endorse Measure T, which provides critical support for all students in West Contra Costa Unified School District. Measure T renews funding for:

Counselors

Librarians

Sports

Smaller elementary school class sizes

Measure T will provide nearly $10 million in funding that goes directly to students without raising taxes. Measure T funds are critical to provide a quality education in the district. We believe that under the leadership of the new superintendent, funds will be utilized effectively to support all of our students.

For more information, please visit Measure T's website. Join us in voting YES on Measure T on November 8!

For More Information

Please contact Maribel Gonzalez at Maribel@studentsforedreform.org or 213-507-2190.

Who We Are

SFER AN Fellows are local students committed to improving our schools

Kevin Alegria

I graduated from Making Waves Academy and currently attend Diablo Valley College. I am extremely grateful that my charter school provided me with the support and resources necessary for me to succeed. I joined SFER to fix the disparities of our education system.

Frances Cajucom

I graduated from John Swett High School in Crockett, CA. I currently attend Contra Costa College, majoring in Business Administration, and I plan to transfer to a four-year school in 2017. My passion is to help others in need and I joined SFER AN to fight for educational justice for young students in the community.

Brenda Contreras

I am a Richmond High School graduate, class of 2014, and currently attend Sacramento State University. I know firsthand how urgent it is for us to fix our broken educational system in WCCUSD. I feel that it is my responsibility as a former student of WCCUSD to make sure our community members receive an education that prepares them for success in college.

Jesus Felix

I am a high school senior at Leadership Public Schools Richmond. I hope to graduate from a four-year university with a degree in public policy. I am of Mexican heritage, and grew up in Richmond, CA. My parents emigrated to the US from Mexico, and I will be a first-generation college student. I decided to join the SFER AN to try and fix our education system here in WCCUSD, so that all students can have access to a quality education, despite the challenges and adversity they face here in West County.

Aracely Gomez

I'm a Richmond High School graduate, class of 2016. I plan to continue my education at San Francisco State University, majoring in Urban Studies & Planning. Like many others in Richmond, I will be the first in my family to go to college. After college, I hope to inspire youth in my community to create an ongoing college tradition that will one day rewrite a new and powerful story for our communities. We the youth, have the power to make sure future generations have the choice to attend college. SFER AN can push this to happen and end inequity within our schools.

Erick Gonzalez

I graduated from El Cerrito High School in 2013, I am currently attending Contra Costa College studying mechanics. As a first-generation college student, I joined SFER AN in order to help improve education so my siblings are prepared to access the pathways to college that weren’t available to me.

Yessica Gonzalez

I attend El Cerrito High School and will be part of the graduating class of 2017. I plan to attend college the following year, and will be the first person in my family to go to a four-year university straight after high school. I decided to join SFER AN to finally have a voice in improving the education system. We need to fight for future generations.

Eduardo Martinez

I have been an SFER AN fellow for two consecutive years. My family and I immigrated to Richmond from Mexico. I graduated from Richmond High School in 2012 and am now pursuing two Bachelors degrees in Community and Regional Development and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Davis. As a product of West Contra Costa Unified School District and a first-generation college student of color, my college experience has been both enriching and challenging. I was not fully prepared for college coming out of the K-12 education system, and so I fight for educational justice to change the many issues that plague our community for the younger generations. Education is the key to success, but if our children do not receive the high quality education they deserve, that key to success and upward mobility will never be attained.

Anure Mcgee

I have lived in Richmond all my life and am currently a senior at Gateway to College. I plan to attend UC Santa Barbara after I graduate from high school, majoring in social justice and minoring in ethnic studies. After college, I intend to use my knowledge to invest in my community. This is my first time being a fellow with SFER AN. This fellowship will allow me to become more familiar with the injustice in our education system and work towards reforming it. SFER AN is an innovative way to go about bettering my community to support our youth.

Miguel Molina

I graduated from Richmond High School in 2012. I am entering my last year at UC Davis and my major is International Relations. I hope to pursue a career in Education Policy. I grew up in the Richmond and San Pablo area, and continue to live here. My parents migrated from Mexico, motivating me to become a first-generation college student despite them not knowing anything about college. I joined SFER so that more parents and students develop a college culture in their homes.

Jillian Ortiz

I graduated from Richmond High School in 2013. I will be a fourth year student at the University of California, Berkeley this fall as a Psychology and Social Welfare Double Major, and I am a first-generation college student. After graduation I plan to be an educator through Teach for America, Bay Area and I hope to teach in Richmond. I chose to spend the summer working in my community because I believe it's vital for alumni to return and fight for educational justice. As a former student of West Contra Costa, I believe that every child in the district deserves a quality education so they can reach their full potential, and I will do whatever it takes to create necessary change in my community.

Daniela Ramirez

I graduated from Leadership Public High School Richmond in 2015. I am a first-generation college student, currently attending UC Davis as a second year student. My parents immigrated here when I was three years old in an attempt to give me a better future. After college, I hope to become a teacher through Teach For America. I decided to join SFER AN because there are many injustices in my community’s educational system and I believe every child deserves a quality education.

David Ramirez

I am a first year member at SFER AN. I recently graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelors degree in Public Policy. I was born in Mexico but raised in Richmond so after I graduated, I wished to give back to the community that I call home.

Alonso Saravia

I graduated from Pinole Valley High School in 2015. I am a sophomore at Contra Costa College majoring is sociology for social welfare. I hope to work for the City of Richmond after college to better the community and to ensure equality and justice. The son of parents from El Salvador and Mexico, I am a first-generation college student. I am part of the Human Rights and Human Relations commission for the City of Richmond and wanted to be part of the SFER movement to ensure there is educational equality in Richmond. I believe that everyone deserves to have a brighter future, regardless of their background.

Jennifer Valdivia

I graduated from Tennyson high school in Hayward, CA and am a first-generation college student at the University of California, Davis studying international relations. I am the daughter of immigrant parents who came to California from Mexico decades ago. I am an SFER AN Fellow because I don't want future generations to have the barriers I did when applying to college, and because no student should be victim to the achievement gap.



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