Booker Middle School Collaborative
The United Way Resource Center at Booker Middle School focuses on three pillars: Early Literacy, Youth Success and Financial Stability. In cooperation with Sarasota County School District and other community partners, we are able to provide programs and services to help individuals achieve educational, professional and financial goals.
Booker Middle Resource Center (BMRC)
The Booker Middle School Collaborative is part of a larger regional plan fostering economic stability and community involvement. Booker Middle School is the only Title I Middle School in Sarasota County and is United Way’s first place-based initiative in Sarasota County. We work with individuals and community partners to address employment, educational and social service needs, all critical factors in the long-term health of our community
The Booker Middle Resource Center (BMRC) currently offers the following services:
- Financial Literacy Workshops
- Basic Computer Classes
- Legal Aid
- Soft Skills Training (Bridges to Careers)
- Career Training & Certification (CareerEdge)
- ACCESS Site
- Parent Engagement Workshops
- VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
- Health Care Navigation
- Notary Services
- Financial Coaching
- Computer Lab
- Individual Development Accounts (IDA)
- GED Tuition Referrals
The Booker Middle School Collaborative uses a comprehensive two-Generation (2-Gen) approach to create learning opportunities for families in North Sarasota. It is well documented that education and employment are key social determinants of health. United Way and our community partners understand that working toward affecting lasting community change is critical to the future health of our families. We employ proven programs which enable job seekers to receive training in employment sectors which will provide a sustainable living wage. We also offer community coordination and services to connect families to needed resources.
College and Career Center (The CUBE)
In partnership with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and the Sarasota County School District, United Way will staff a College and Career Center called the CUBE. Our collective objective is to introduce middle performing, low-income students to life skills development, college preparation, and cultural/financial integration. The CUBE will work in tandem with BMRC to engage families and help create a more nurturing learning environment for students and parents. We will assist families with identifying educational goals and create a pathway for students to thrive academically. The CUBE will also offer parent engagement workshops, high school orientation programs, college prep and career exposure. United Way staff and its partners will work with students to offer employment awareness and help them to connect academics to real world post-graduate experiences.