Posts Tagged: Sarasota County

EdExplore SRQ, Any Given Child facilitate arts for complete Sarasota education


Editor’s Note: Brian Hersh is the program director of Any Given Child Sarasota and Angela Hartvigsen is the fine arts curriculum coordinator and EdExplore SRQ project manager for Sarasota County Schools. With the recent start of a new school year and the upcoming season of local arts and cultural events, it is important for us to remember the impact… Read more »

The role of actionable research in Age-Friendly Sarasota


Research that is relevant, participatory and actionable — this is a guiding principle for Age-Friendly Sarasota and represents the “R” in the initiative’s tagline FOR ALL AGES. Over the past year, Age-Friendly Sarasota conducted research to discover Sarasota County residents’ aspirations about age-friendly community features. Nearly 1,200 residents participated in surveys and focus groups conducted throughout… Read more »

Celebrating Sarasota’s age-friendly assets

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Dr. Rodney Harrell, AARP’s director of livability thought leadership, recently visited Sarasota to give a keynote address for community leaders. Each guest of The Patterson Foundation was asked to think about our community’s greatest asset. The following highlights why Sarasota County is not only livable, but also age friendly. ·      Season of Sharing Campaign ·      Lido Beach Sunsets ·     … Read more »

Enhancing community health with age-friendly principles

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Age-Friendly Sarasota (AFS) is pleased to serve in an advisory capacity to the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP). Established in 2002, CHIP represents a vehicle to develop ideas and action for creating a healthier community and a brighter future for all. Aligned by the same collaborative tenets of Age-Friendly Sarasota, CHIP brings together committed volunteers, organizations… Read more »

Aspirations to Actions: No one has ever asked us before

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Editor’s Note: This is part of a five-week series featuring extended video interviews with 10 public innovators in our region trained by The Harwood Institute of Public Innovation. As The Patterson Foundation begins supporting the second-year journey of Aspirations to Actions, the innovators are sharing their reflections from their first year of engaging in our region. … Read more »

Planning for y/our longevity

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Age-Friendly Sarasota represents our collective journey to enhance everyday life in our community. Our survey can help Sarasota residents prepare for their own optimal longevity; that is, to best ensure healthy and engaged living in order to thrive throughout their lives. This requires that people consider the following: Their future physical selves in terms of… Read more »

Age-Friendly Sarasota is a community for all ages


Earlier this year, Sarasota County joined AARP and the World Health Organization’s global network of age-friendly communities — Florida’s first! Age-friendly communities seek to enhance the experience of aging in community via eight domains: Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings – We all likely visit or encounter outdoor spaces (about 30-50% of our environment), public buildings, and… Read more »

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading offers community speaking engagements


For a movement like the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to be successful, the entire community deserves to understand the campaign’s goals, its significance and each individual’s power to make a difference. That’s why Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading leaders from Manatee and Sarasota counties are coming together to offer speaking engagements — at no cost —… Read more »

EdExploreSRQ to feature new career explorations this fall

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Explorations offered on are intended to connect students to classroom learning.   These experiences enhance learning and help create new interests for students in our local community.  The site initially included nonprofit arts, cultural, environmental and science organizations. This year, EdExploreSRQ is branching out to include career explorations with employers. There’s a shared commitment between… Read more »

A shared vision for Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading success


We are reminded every day in newspaper and on television that America is divided. Our different beliefs and opinions often drive a wedge between us. But, we are faced with an opportunity that can unite us: Our children’s ability to succeed and achieve. We all want to provide opportunities for real achievement for our children…. Read more »

Age-Friendly Sarasota: Steps toward a lifelong community

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Cities and communities around the world are striving to become places that encourage those who live there – from their eldest residents to their youngest – to live well throughout their lifetime through innovative approaches and enhancements that reflect community aspirations. And now, Sarasota County is one of them. Sarasota County has entered a network… Read more »