PLANit Sarasota

PLANit Sarasota is a cross-sector group of education and youth services organizations and funders 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 (EFSC) 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 06/2020

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