Youth Development

The Sarasota YMCA is committed to strengthening the community through youth development by nurturing the potential of every child and teen.

Kristen Lessig
Sarasota YMCA Association Executive Director of Youth Development
941-417-0748
klessig@sarasotaymca.org

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Youth Development Coordinator - Evalyn Sadlier Jones YMCA
(for School Sites: Fruitville and Wilkinson Elementary, as well as Pine View School)
KB Belton office: 941-922-9622 x1313
kbelton@sarasotaymca.org 

Youth Development Coordinator - Frank G. Berlin, Sr. YMCA
(for School Sites: Southside and Gocio Elementary)
Nate Gonyea office: 941-952-9533 x116
ngonyea@sarasotaymca.org

Youth Development Administrator
(for billing, payments, program changes)
Sahara Scott
office: 941-952-9533 x115
sscott@sarasotaymca.org


SCHOOL AGE BEFORE & AFTER CARE

  Fruitville*, Gocio, Southside & Wilkinson   Before School Care*:6:45am-8:15am After School Care: 3pm-6pm

Fruitville*, Gocio, Southside & Wilkinson

Before School Care*:6:45am-8:15am
After School Care: 3pm-6pm

  Pine View School   Before School Care: 7am-9am After School Care: 4pm-6pm

Pine View School

Before School Care: 7am-9am
After School Care: 4pm-6pm

As the leader in youth development, we understand the importance of providing your children with a balance of academically rich activities as well as an enhanced focus on overall physical well-being. We work side-by-side with our community partners, and school districts to design experiences that help your child learn, grow and thrive. 

The YMCA CORE VALUES are part of each day in our programs:

  • CARING Sincere concern for others

  • HONESTY Truthful in what we say and do

  • RESPECT Follow the golden rule

  • RESPONSIBILITY Accountable for our promises and actions

More Physical Activity
Our after school care program includes at least 30 minutes of outdoor or indoor physical activity and movement a day.

YMCA Afterschool Staff
Our staff is carefully selected and screened. They also receive over 20 hours of training, from child development to the importance of being a positive role model. All staff must pass a criminal background check, FBI fingerprint background check and character reference checks. In some districts, we also collaborate with local schools to employ teachers and para-professionals to assist with homework time and clubs.  We work to staff our programs with a 1:15 ratio of staff to children.

We Partner With Schools
Our curriculum is customizable for each district or school. Administrators and parents partner with their Site Manager and our Executive Director of Youth Development to decide which activities are most important to their students’ needs and goals.

We Listen To Our Parents
We conduct two surveys per school year to assess parent satisfaction with our after and before school care programs. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!


KidCheck

The Sarasota Family YMCA believes first in the safety and security of your children. Partnering with KidCheck has allowed us to make a necessary investment in not only the safety if the children but also the  peace of mind for our parents, and is a great management tool for our staff. The benefits are incredible, please help US, help YOU by setting up your profile! Sign up now at: go.kidcheck.com


Financial Assistance


While we try to make our after school care program affordable for everyone, we understand that cost may be a barrier for some families. We encourage you to apply for financial assistance through our Membership for All program if you find that you may have difficulties in paying your program fees. Click here to download the application and begin the process. Please return your completed application along with the supporting documents to:
Sahara Scott
941-955-8194 x201
sscott@sarasotaymca.org

You can scan and email your registration forms to Sahara Scott directly, or drop them off at your school's YMCA Site Manager or drop by the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. YMCA (1075 S. Euclid Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237).