What is STEP?


Sally and Sam Shapiro shared a vision to work with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee in creating 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.​


From the busiest of students to those seeking an intense extracurricular activity, the STEP program will allow you to pick and choose your level of engagement. Programs are interactive and will examine the Palestinian/Israel conflict, explore ways to combat BDS; and will provide meetings with local philanthropists as well as opportunities to serve on Federation granting committees.  STEP Fellows will be given top priority for receiving Federation teen travel scholarships.


Program Highlights


  • Boys and Girls Club Leadership Training Sessions
  • Stand With Us Israel Advocacy workshops
  • Opportunities to attend invitation only events
  • Meet and greets with community leaders and philanthropists
  • Scholarships to Israel, Schusterman Summit, AIPAC Conference, and more
  • Senior trip planned and fundraised for by STEP fellows
  • Information and tools to fight BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and other anti-Israel movements


Who's Eligible?

STEP is open to Jewish high school students from Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  Students who commit to program participation and attend 80% or more of the programs offered are eligible to become STEP Fellows.


Upcoming Events



For information on this program, please contact:

Andrea Eiffert