Long Range PLan - Sarasota County Extension - University of Florida

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Long Range PLan - Sarasota County Extension - University of Florida

UF/IFAS Sarasota County ExtensionLong Range Plan2012 – 2016sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu


WHATHOWWater and Landscape Practices»»Promote water quality and conservation»»Enhance awareness of Florida-Friendly landscapingbenefits and strategies»»Strengthen awareness of ways residents and youthcan help protect the coastal and marine environment»»Improve programming focused on proper home useof pesticides and fertilizers»»Create awareness about appropriate management ofinsects, diseases, and weedsEnvironment and Natural Resources»»Educate youth about natural resources and enhanceopportunities for youth to get outdoors»»Promote conservation of wildlife habitat andendangered species»»Enhance community efforts related to energyconservation»»Provide education on how to live more sustainablyYouth»»Provide outdoor educational activities to build youthappreciation for nature and agriculture»»Help youth develop science, math, and technologyliteracy»»Help youth develop an interest in learningLocal Foods and Agriculture»»Support provision of fresh and nutritious foodoptions and nutrition education in schools»»Generate increased awareness about locally-grownfoods»»Provide education on food safety issuesComprehensive Planning/GrowthManagement»»Provide education to citizens and youth onsustainable growth and land use»»Provide up-to-date training to local governmentdecision-makers (such as Planning Commissioners) onland use regulations»»Enhance citizen and decision-maker awareness of thecommunity impacts of land use decisions»»Facilitate community-based policy discussionEnhance Outreach Overall for GreaterImpact/Reach»»Generate awareness of the Extension program ingeneral»»Focus on community-based outcomes related toExtension’s core mission»»Revisit programming and initiatives with limitedaudiences in favor of approaches with broader reach»»Adapt programming and program delivery regularlyto stay relevant in response to new local governmentinitiatives, community trends, emerging technology,and customer interests»»Improve data collection and reporting related toprogram outcomes and reachBroaden Program Delivery Strategiesto Better Serve Community»»Offer more night and weekend classes»»Offer classes throughout community, especiallylibraries and South County, and de-emphasizeprogramming at Twin Lakes Park»»Provide information at community events anddestinations through tabling and demonstrationsImprove Marketing and Media Presence»»Maintain website with up-to-date information aboutcurrent programs and critical community issues»»Provide program updates via electronic newslettersand email»»Produce television and radio spots»»Better advertise programming through local media(especially TV and radio)»»Enhance social network/media presence»»Provide reader-friendly publications on topics ofinterest»»Provide class handouts and PowerPoint slides onwebsite, with regular updatesServe as Community Convener andFacilitator for University Research andServices»»Convene stakeholder groups on Extension-relatedissues to improve community outcomes»»Bring University research and services to thecommunity in a practical, action-oriented wayReach New Audiences»»Diversify and expand youth programming»»Improve outreach to minority and low-income groups»»Provide programming for families»»Offer evening and weekend classes for families andworking adults»»Reach out to newcomers to make them aware ofFlorida-Friendly practices and Extension services»»Provide a greater breadth of CEU offerings forprofessionals, focusing on educational opportunitiesnot otherwise offered in the regionLeverage Partnerships»»Focus on opportunities to leverage collaborations andavoid duplication of services»»Enhance ability to reach youth through partnershipswith schools and other organizations serving youth»»Offer classes at community center, libraries, andchurchesEnhance Role of Volunteers»»Grow capacity of volunteers to support outreachefforts»»Extend educational offerings throughout communityby utilizing volunteers to offer more programming ina greater variety of locations

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