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.


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?


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.


Check out Chadonicka’s SkillUP story here!

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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.

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

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.


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

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