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Program Spotlight: PLANit Sarasota

From the Education Foundation of Sarasota County

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 (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.

For more information about this program, please visit their website at