PLANit Sarasota is a cross-sector group of education and youth services organizations and community partners focused on increasing the rate of students who pursue a purposeful postsecondary pathway, particularly among those historically underrepresented in higher education.

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is proud to serve as the convening organization for the Sarasota Local College Access Network.

In fall 2018, the EFSC began serving as the backbone organization to convene PLANit Sarasota for its next, broader iteration supported by early funders Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation.

Most recently, PLANit Sarasota workgroups have been focusing on helping families and graduates learn about the potential long-term consequences that taking an untraditional “gap year” could result in, due to unforeseen lasting effects of COVID-19 on families and students. PLANit Sarasota has prepared a resource guide that includes answers to frequently asked questions and other resources for families to make the most informed decisions about continuing with original postsecondary plans this fall.

PLANit Sarasota Workgroups

If you’re interested in joining a workgroup, please contact Thomas Williams, PLANit Sarasota Director.

Short Term Success
Initial concentration is on identifying nearly 43,000 middle school age to 24-year-olds facing particular barriers, including being economically disadvantaged and the first in their families to pursue education beyond high school, and level the playing field by providing resources and tools to access and navigate the postsecondary pathway from preparation to admission to completion.

Long Term Success
To increase the percentage of Sarasota County residents 25 years and under who have obtained a high-value postsecondary certificate, degree, or training experience to 60% by 2030. This multi-dimensional problem demands a multi-pronged approach by a multi-partner collective for transformational change. The PLANit Sarasota collective impact answers the demand with each stakeholder pooling their unique knowledge base and constituent reach for the greater good and use data to achieve the long-term vision to extend outreach and services to all youth and their families throughout Sarasota County.

PLANit Sarasota Members

Alphabetical order as of 09/2020

Alum-Worx Rotary Futures College Resource Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Safe Children Coalition
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
CareerEdge Funders Collaborative Sarasota County Libraries
CareerSource Suncoast Sarasota County Public Libraries
The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Sarasota County School Board
Community Foundation of Sarasota County Sarasota County Schools
Cross College Alliance Sarasota Housing Authority
Dr. Stacy Herrera Private Practice State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Education Foundation of Sarasota County Stryker Consulting
Emerging Lotus Inc Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative
Florida College Access Network Suncoast Technical College
Gamma Xi Boule Take Stock in Children
Girls Inc UnidosNow, Inc.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation United Way Suncoast
Junior Achievement University of Florida Innovation Station
Lapovsky Consulting University of South Florida – Sarasota-Manatee
New College of Florida Van Wezel Foundation
North Port Economic Development Corporation William G. and Marie Selby Foundation


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