As we continue to exercise our mission of “enhancing the potential of students and promoting excellence in teaching and inspiring innovation in education,” we are excited to open a facility that will allow students (and their families) from all Sarasota County public schools access critical and tangible resources.

For some time, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County has recognized that we must think about how to build a network of support for students, on whom we depend for the future, to creatively tackle the 21st century challenges that we are just beginning to grasp.

While we quickly adapted to the pandemic shutdown of school campuses and made many of our resources available in digital format, we recognize that not all students have access to technologies to meet virtually for services. It was clear there was a need for a space that would provide the critical and tangible resources of support needed. 

To that end, we are opening LaunchPad4U — in effect, a learning lab — to experiment with potential solutions that help students, teachers and parents. Our focus will be on helping prevent students from falling behind and instead accelerating their achievements. Click here to read more about our new space.

Launchpad4U Team

Located at: 1413 Blvd of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236

Meet the team and the opportunities available to you!

Kate Dudek

Kate Dudek | College and Career Advisor

We have designed it as a place that will serve as an extension of the work being done in the Student Success Centers in partnering high schools, including college and career advising and social-emotional learning support.

Holly Gray - Education Foundation of Sarasota County Staff Member

Holly Gray | Director of Student Success

We anticipate this space to provide students and volunteer mentors with meeting space where they can build relationships with one another.

Class of 2021, need a mentor? Are you looking to volunteer and mentor a student? Get more information here.

Thomas Williams - Education Foundation of Sarasota County Staff Member

Thomas Williams | PLANit Sarasota Director

We also anticipate convening community partner work groups from the collective, PLANit Sarasota.

Earl Young - Education Foundation of Sarasota County Staff Member

Earl Young | Director of Operations & System Improvements

For all other inquiries, please click here to contact Earl Young.