Educating, engaging and empowering Jewish teens to STEP into leadership roles.
Sally and Sam Shapiro (z'l) shared a vision to work with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee to create a gateway for local Jewish teens to become engaged with their community, their Judaism and their connection to Israel. That vision has become a reality with the creation of STEP—The Shapiro Teen Engagement program.
STEP’s service, learning, and leadership programs, enable students to build their academic resumes and fulfill The Jewish Federation’s ongoing commitment to nurture exploration of Jewish life and identity. Graduates of the STEP program have continued to stay involved in Jewish life through participation in Hillel, Birthright, AIPAC, StandWithUs, study abroad and gap years in Israel. They have become youth group advisors, camp counselors, Jewish educators and more. This long term investment in our youth teaches them the importance of giving back and prepares them to become the next generation of Jewish leaders.
STEP is open to Jewish high school students from Sarasota and Manatee counties. Many events are free and there are no attendance requirements to participate in the program. However, students who wish to participate in the full program can apply to become STEP Fellows. STEP Fellows receive additional program advantages, including priority in receiving available travel scholarships.
The STEP Fellow Program is open to Jewish high school students who live in Sarasota or Manatee County.
There is an average time commitment of approximately two hours per week for STEP Fellows; please consider this when applying! Time may be spent in any of the following ways: leadership training, team activities, independent activities, attending programs, planning programs, attending conferences and travel.
HOW TO APPLY TO BE A STEP FELLOW
APPLICATION WINDOW: The application for the 2018-2019 season is now closed. Please check back in Summer, 2019 for more information on the next opportunity to become a STEP Fellow.
Click the APPLY button to apply for this program.
PLEASE NOTE: Check the UPCOMING STEP EVENTS module on this page for the next STEP Fellows event, as well as other STEP events.
Scroll the feed below to view the upcoming STEP events. Click the “Find Out More” button to view details of the listing.
STEP 2018-2019 CALENDAR COMING SOON
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