Q: Do I need to make an appointment to utilize the resources at the Rotary Futures Program (RFCRC)?
A: No, the Rotary Futures College Resource Center is available to all area residents. We have staff and volunteers able to assist you during our operating hours.
Q: I do not attend Venice High School. Am I able to visit the Rotary Futures Program?
A: Yes, the RFCRC is a community-based program available to all Sarasota County residents. We encourage students of all ages to utilize our facility.
Q: Are high school students required to complete 75 hours of community service to graduate?
A: The Sarasota County School District does not currently require community service hours as a pre-requisite for graduation. However, students are encouraged to perform community service and they may earn 1/2 credit for 75 hours of focused community service. In addition, the completed 75 hours community service plan is a requirement for the Florida Bright Futures Medallion scholarship. 100 hours is required for the Florida Bright Futures Academic scholarship.
Q: How do I register for community service?
A: Sarasota County students must register ONLINE in advance of performing the volunteer hours to receive high school and Bright Futures credit. To register online, go to www.SarasotaCountySchools.net > Students & Parents > High School Community Service. Registration for VHS students is approved by the Rotary Futures College Resource Center.
Q: Where can I volunteer?
A: Students MUST volunteer for a NON-PROFIT organization, AND they must know where they are going to volunteer before they can register online. Students may volunteer at more than one place, and they are able to add organizations at a later date. For complete Sarasota County School District rules and requirements, go to www.SarasotaCountySchools.net > Students & Parents > High School Community Service.
Q: I want to volunteer at my doctor’s office, but I will not be paid. Is that OK?
A: No, you must volunteer for a NON-PROFIT organization to receive school credit for your community service.
Q: When do I sign up for Bright Futures?
A: ONLY SENIORS may complete the online application for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, which is available after December 1st of their senior year. We encourage VHS students to complete the online application in the Rotary Futures College Resource Center so that we can answer any questions. It is a simple 15 minute process.
Q: Is the RFCRC only for high school students?
A: No! The RFCRC is open to parents of high school student as well as students of all ages, i.e. current college students, mature students, etc.