Get to Know: Reach Manatee

LCAN Coverage Area: Manatee County

REACH Manatee is a collaboration of local partners, including funders, youth-serving organizations, colleges and universities, and individuals who all want to increase the level of post-secondary attainment in Manatee County for the greater good of our community. The network is in the midst of strategic planning work to determine its long-term goals and approaches. UnidosNow — a nonprofit organization that elevates the quality of life of the growing Hispanic/Latino community through education, integration, and civic engagement — is serving as Reach Manatee’s backbone organization. Manatee Community Foundation, Manatee County Schools, Manatee Education Foundation, CareerSource Suncoast, CareerEdge, United Way Suncoast, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and Manatee Technical College join UnidosNow in serving on the leadership strategy team. The team has achieved early success in increasing FAFSA completion rates in the county but understands that this tactical component is only one of many that will be required to achieve its evolving objectives.


For information, please contact:

Deborah Chapman
(941) 545-3053

Amy Farrington, Vice President for Public Policy & Small Business, Manatee Chamber of Commerce
941-748-4842, ext. 124

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