Sarasota Sheriff donates forefeiture funds to local nonprofit

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SARASOTA, FL-Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight presented a check for $10,000 to UnidosNow, a Sarasota nonprofit group that works to elevate the Latino community through education, integration and civic engagement.

The money will support the UnidosNow Youth Collaborative for College Preparation (YCCP), an intense mentoring and leadership training program for high school students over the summer and fall of 2014. YCCP provides a bridge to college for students who would otherwise not be able to attend due to a lack of resources or tools to navigate the path to higher education. UnidosNow also demands that parents become involved within the community, making volunteerism a cornerstone of YCCP.

“It is a privilege to use money seized from criminals to support an organization that provides positive, character building programs for young people,” said Sheriff Knight. “UnidosNow combines civic participation with college readiness, which prepares students for a successful future and directly impacts this community as a whole.”