Students for Education Reform Minnesota is a state chapter of the national organization, Students for Education Reform.
How it all began...our national origin story
In 2009, a group of students at Princeton University started a club to foster campus conversation about the achievement gap and promising solutions. We believed that college students had an important stake in the education reform conversation as the most recent graduates of the public education system – and we knew that every successful social movement is led by young people with idealism and courage.
As we started to grow to more college campuses during 2010, we realized that college students were uniquely positioned to be advocates for improving public education. We also realized that engaging in community organizing work during college helped students access their full leadership and choose meaningful careers improving schools. Our co-founders Alexis Morin and Catharine Bellinger launched a nonprofit in 2011, which has since grown into a national nonprofit focused on supporting students who are accelerating education reform through community organizing in their local districts and states. Nationally, SFER has grown to 1,500 student members across 93 chapters and nearly 11,000 supporters. LEARN MORE
Local issues and leadership within a growing national network
While all SFER state chapters share a set of core beliefs, each state chapter selects and prioritizes the issues it will pursue based on the interests and experiences of its local members. Each state chapter designs and executes its own campaigns to push for lasting change on these issues through direct action, public awareness, policy advocacy, and more. SFER members from across the nation come together a few times a year to share challenges and successes through peer-learning opportunities, hear from inspiring national speakers, and further develop their organizing and leadership skills.
Dollars raised locally stay in Minnesota to support SFER Minnesota's work. And we're able to reduce our local costs by relying on the national office for some shared administrative expenses.