The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation in Sarasota, Florida, has announced grants totaling nearly $1.8 million in support of new initiatives in the areas of student success, environmental stewardship, and family enrichment.
The grants include $87,500 over five years to Sarasota County Schools to launch the Educators Rising Initiative, which will work to encourage local high school students to enter the teaching profession by providing them with career counseling and dual enrollment courses.
"When students succeed, our entire community prospers," said Barancik Foundation president and CEO Teri A. Hansen. "While K-12 enrollment is increasing, there is a 35 percent decline in those entering the teaching profession. Educators Rising will alleviate this shortage by offering students a clear, quick, and meaningful career path."
In support of environmental stewardship, the foundation awarded $39,100 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota, Girls, Inc. and the Laurel Civic Association to help low-income students attend a week-long environmental education camp developed in partnership with Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Conservation Foundation, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens; and $65,000 to First 1,000 Days Sarasota County for a marketing campaign and to seed a charitable fund that will support innovative ideas designed to provide underserved families and babies with better access to the community resources they need to thrive.
The foundation also awarded grants to Asolo Rep, which will receive $30,000 over two years to ensure that its summer productions reach underserved families and youth during a season when limited family-friendly theater productions are offered; Cross Campus Alliance (formerly College Consortium on the Creative Coast), which was awarded $30,730 to continue its efforts to broaden student experiences and establish the region as a destination for academic excellence; and Josh Provides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation, which will receive $9,800 to pay for seizure detection and monitoring devices, including therapy dogs, in-home cameras, and wrist watches.
The foundation also announced that it has joined a community-wide effort to address adult homelessness through rapid rehousing and wrap-around support to individuals. More than $1.5 million has been raised in support of the effort, which will be led by St. Vincent de Paul of South Pinellas.
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