Education Foundation of Sarasota County Partners with Sarasota County Libraries to Help Students Plan and Prepare

Sep 21, 2023

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has partnered with Sarasota County Libraries to make personalized advising and coaching more accessible to students who need help planning and preparing for college, career, and life.

Starting September 5, Education Foundation Student Success Coaches will be available from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. every other Tuesday at two area libraries—Shannon Staub, in North Port, and Betty J. Johnson, in Newtown—with plans to expand to other locations.

“Planning for the future can be overwhelming for students,” said Renée Di Pilato, director of Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources. “Often, young adults don’t know what they want to do or what opportunities are available. For them to be able to identify their strengths and determine what they want out of life will help them prepare to be independent. We are so grateful for The Education Foundation for providing this opportunity.”

One on one and in small groups, students will work with a Student Success Coach to identify their strengths and passions and map those to education and career pathways. Coaches will help students execute their plans so they can graduate more equipped to thrive after high school.

In addition to one-on-one coaching, students can attend workshops on financial literacy, college essay writing, and related topics that will help them prepare.

“We are always looking for ways to make student support more accessible, and this exciting partnership does just that,” said Dr. Bianca Harris, chief program officer at the Education Foundation. “For underserved students, this free, individualized advising can have a tremendous impact on their long-term trajectory.

“We are honored to partner with Sarasota County Libraries to reach more students and help them get ready for college, career, and life.”

Learn more about student resources and book a free appointment with a Student Success Coach.

About Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources
Sarasota Libraries is a system of 10 community branches, a history center, and a mobile library that provides opportunities for lifelong learning, vibrant culture, and enriching activities across all ages. With more than 2.5 million items borrowed every year, our collection extends beyond traditional public buildings offering resources to nearly 200,000 cardholders through mobile services, phone app, and digital library.

About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County
For 35 years, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County (EdFoundationSRQ.org) has supported students and teachers because education transforms lives. As a champion for life readiness, the Education Foundation provides personalized, comprehensive resources and relationships so that students can find their purpose and progress intentionally through their K – 12 schooling. Its mission is to enhance the potential of students, promote excellence in teaching, and inspire innovation in education, guided by strategic philanthropy.