What is STEP?

The Success Training Employment Program (STEP) is a workforce development program dedicated to enhancing job-readiness skills. The first 120 curriculum hours are made up of in-class discussion-based learning in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Workplace Skills, and Job Acquisition. The goal of the program is job placement and long-term job retention. Following the completion of Phase I, participants work with our Workforce Development Manager and Success Coach to help them get hired and stay employed. Once employed the participant will work with a Success Coach to enhance job retention and career development for up to three years or until they reach self-sufficiency.

Our next session starts February 21, 2022 at 9 AM.

Contact us at JHavekost@unitedagainstpoverty.org for more information.

Who is Welcome?

Any and every adult 18+ is welcome to participate. The content is designed for those interested in making a career change, who have experienced difficulties finding or keeping a job, or interested in improving their current employment position. We also work with individuals who may have difficulty obtaining employment because of a lack of a GED, have a criminal record, are unstably housed, or lack transportation.

Program Benefits

By participating in STEP, a close community develops to encourage personal growth. Participants have a team of professionals who are working in the community to assist participants find and retain employment; providing personalized support to both employer partners and participants. Opportunities to earn job retention bonuses and other supports that assist participants, and access to social networks created with potential employers in St. Lucie County.


STEP classes currently take place virtually daily Monday through Friday, from 9 AM until 1 PM. UP has rolling enrollment for new sessions.

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