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.



  • Leadership training sessions
  • StandWithUs Israel advocacy workshops
  • Opportunities to attend invitation-only Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee events
  • Meet and greets with community leaders and philanthropists
  • Scholarships to Israel, Schusterman Summit, AIPAC Conference, and more
  • Information and tools to fight BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and other anti-Israel movements



STEP is open to Jewish high school students from Sarasota and Manatee counties. Participation at most events is free and there are no attendance requirements. 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.

Scroll the feed below to view the upcoming STEP events. Click the “Find Out More” button to view details of the listing.





STEP 2017-2018 Calendar



For information on this program,
please contact:

Andrea Eiffert