First class of 2020
January 13, 2020 marked the first day of the Success Training Employment Program (STEP) for 20 eager adults at the United Against Poverty St. Lucie campus. STEP is an adult workforce training program where students are taught emotional intelligence, resume writing, job interview preparation, and development of a career plan in the six week course. United Against Poverty then provides help with job acquisition and success coaching for 3 years after employment.
According to Canieria Gardner, Executive Director, “In 2019, 93% of individuals who completed the training are employed. Since its inception in 2018, the job retention rate is 86% past one year. This program is so successful, that there are over 90+ eager people on the waiting list.” She claimed that, “STEP is proven to raise household income on average of $16,000 while lowering expenses related to government benefits, creating an average economic impact of $51,000 per family, per year.”
Gardner went on to say, “We are excited for the future of this first class of 2020 and their respective families. Today their lives are moving Up.”