The faces of our first SkillUP class

It’s time to celebrate: our first class of SkillUP graduates April 29, 2019! We are unbelievably excited and proud of these resilient, hard-working, intelligent women. Learn a bit about four of our women’s experiences with SkillUP below.

Arianna   “SkillUP has given me a lot of courage... Just to know that there is help out there for us. A lot of times, as single parents, we feel like we’re by ourselves. It’s hard to feel like you can get out of a rut when you don’t have assistance to get out of it. I feel like SkillUP gave that help to put me in a position to [get out of it]. It helps you to sort out your thoughts and organize and prioritize the things you need to do.”

Arianna

“SkillUP has given me a lot of courage... Just to know that there is help out there for us. A lot of times, as single parents, we feel like we’re by ourselves. It’s hard to feel like you can get out of a rut when you don’t have assistance to get out of it. I feel like SkillUP gave that help to put me in a position to [get out of it]. It helps you to sort out your thoughts and organize and prioritize the things you need to do.”

Dasia   “SkillUP has put a lot of things in perspective for me. I really love it. One thing I’ve learned is taking accountability for my own actions… and to be honest with myself.”

Dasia

“SkillUP has put a lot of things in perspective for me. I really love it. One thing I’ve learned is taking accountability for my own actions… and to be honest with myself.”

Shanita   “Everything I wrote down that I saw myself doing, that I just didn’t know how to do or how to take the right steps to get there, they put it all into place for me. It took half of my stress away. I’m pretty grateful and thankful. The stuff that people tell you that you couldn’t do or you're probably not going to do.. SkillUP changed that. 'Cause I’m seeing it happen.”

Shanita

“Everything I wrote down that I saw myself doing, that I just didn’t know how to do or how to take the right steps to get there, they put it all into place for me. It took half of my stress away. I’m pretty grateful and thankful. The stuff that people tell you that you couldn’t do or you're probably not going to do.. SkillUP changed that. 'Cause I’m seeing it happen.”

Dorsilyn   “SkillUP is there if you want to help yourself; it’s everything that you need. I can express that I’m dealing with both the good and the bad. It’s helping me to get my carpentry apprenticeship done, which is something I love to do.  SkillUP has been like a mother to me…I love the program, I really do. It helps me know I can do something better. It lets me know that I’m worthy of something more.”

Dorsilyn

“SkillUP is there if you want to help yourself; it’s everything that you need. I can express that I’m dealing with both the good and the bad. It’s helping me to get my carpentry apprenticeship done, which is something I love to do.

SkillUP has been like a mother to me…I love the program, I really do. It helps me know I can do something better. It lets me know that I’m worthy of something more.”

 
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Why Employment?

 

Employment provides us with more than just an income.

Employment gives us purpose. It helps us grow + care for the people that depend on us. The SkillUP program at Mission: St. Louis seeks to empower men and women by providing opportunities to gain work readiness skills that will improve their ability to attain sustainable employment and decrease their dependency on public assistance programs. The intention of the SkillUP Program is rapid attachment to work that leads to self-sufficiency for families.

 
 
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What is the SkillUP Employment Program?

 

If you are a Food Stamp (SNAP) recipient ages 16-59, SkillUP is here to offer free help. This is a voluntary program to help SNAP recipients with skills, training, and employer job connections.

  • Do you want a job or a better job?

  • Do you need employment skills training? 

  • Do you need help with your resume and interviewing skills? 

  • Ready to go to work, but need help getting started?

HERE'S WHERE IT BEGINS

Enroll in our program today + learn how to better yourself as a person + as a leader.  

The program includes a 3-week intensive job training class + then monthly check-ins for an additional year.

SOUND ToO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

Check out Chadonicka’s SkillUP story here!

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Volunteer with SkillUP

MENTORS // Mentors support and encourage their students after they finish SkillUP’s 3-week program. Mentors meet one-on-one (phone call, face-time, in person) with their mentee to check in about any struggles they may be facing, help keep mentees connected to Mission: St. Louis and help them utilize skills and tools they learned during class.

Commitment: One hour per week for first month, then bi-monthly. Mentors ideally commit to a year, but we can take mentor volunteers for a minimum of 3 months. Times are flexible and can be decided between the volunteer and student.

MEAL SERVER // SkillUP meals offer a time for community-building for participants. Meal servers simply come to prepare a breakfast or lunch (ingredients provided), set up the serving area, serve and then clean up.

Commitment: Breakfast or lunch during class. Class runs 3x per week, from 9:00-1:00.

CLASSROOM ASSISTANT // Classroom assistants help facilitate programming and assist the Case Manager with anything that will help class run smoothly.

Commitment: We will need 2 -3 volunteers for each class (9 classes).  Once we get the interested volunteer pool, we will get date commitments and schedule you in class accordingly.

ADMIN ROLES // Helping with intake forms, assembling student binders, and recruitment. These roles are flexible, but super helpful for us! So if you operate a little better behind the scenes but still want to support the SkillUP Program, this could be perfect for you.

Partner with SkillUP

EMPLOYERS // We are looking for employers that are willing to provide employment opportunities as we pilot this program. Options vary between providing internships to full-time jobs.

Recent partners include:

  • Keefe Group

  • Spectrum

  • Swiss American

  • U.S. Bank

  • Chase Park Plaza Hotel

  • Companion Bakery

  • FedEx

  • Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

Please reach out to Ann Stringfellow at ann@missionstl.org or call 314.371.2700 if you are interested in providing these opportunities.

 

Skillup is funded by ARchs (Area Resources for Community and Human Services).

 
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