SunCoast Alliance for Lifelong Learning Launches First Free, Online Expo

According to recent studies, the pandemic has caused a rise in anxiety and depression. Attendees will get insights into the latest brain health research to stay positive, avoid isolation and live a longer healthier life, at the upcoming SunCoast Alliance for Lifelong Learning (SCALL) event.

“Online Learning Saved My Life During Lockdown,” said a Glenridge student according to Danelle Gilberti,
Program Manager, Adult and
Community Enrichment (ACE).

SCALL is the umbrella nonprofit organization for the top 20 local member organizations representing tens of thousands of learners in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

With Sarasota ranked #1 Best Places to Retire by U.S. News & World Report, it’s important to highlight the vast educational opportunities available online to new residents and locals to stay positive and engaged,” says Sam Samelson, Founder and Interim President of SCALL.


November has been designated Lifelong Learning Month by official proclamation by the Sarasota and Manatee counties and city of Sarasota commissioners.

The upcoming event will feature a keynote session by Nicci Kobritz, CEO, Center for Brain Health on understanding why lifelong learning stimulates cognitive function and what programs have a positive impact. A panel discussion and special showcases will feature a variety of educational opportunities available in Sarasota and Manatee Counties on Saturday, November 14, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

“We’ve launched many new Free online classes to address the diverse needs of our community, including the LGBTQ+ initiative on purposeful living – sponsored by Right

at Home,” says Lynne Anast, Director of Lifelong Learning, Senior Friendship Centers.

Attendees will automatically be entered to win prizes included a free round of golf and free classes. To learn more and register, visit:

Topics include:
√ How to avoid isolation during Covid-19
√ How to actually Increase your brain cells later in life
√ Examples of how lifelong learning keeps adult seniors young √ New ways to Improve your quality of life online

The Expo is sponsored by Iberia Bank, WEDU, Herald Tribune, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County and One Day University.

Media Contact:
Robyn Levin, (415) 690-9990, e-mail:

About SunCoast Alliance for Lifelong Learning (SCALL)

SunCoast Alliance for Lifelong Learning’s (SCALL) mission is to stimulate greater interest, appreciation, and support for personal growth and enrichment opportunities available through present lifelong learning organizations in the Florida communities of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. SCALL is organized exclusively for educational purposes under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.