STEP Up is a program offered in partnering schools throughout St. Louis City and County. The program helps youth develop and improve important life-skills like leadership, character development and problem-solving. Additionally, issues like bullying, substance abuse, violence and other risky behaviors are addressed.
The program offers four different curricula:
- Botvin LifeSkills Training
- Girls Circle
- Boys Council
- PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies)
Through STEP Up, children participating in the curricula have the opportunity to be referred for short-term individual coaching services, called Follow-Up. In Follow-Up students create personal goal plans and then track their progress during weekly sessions with help from Follow-Up Coaches. Follow-Up services are intended to further develop general social and self-management skills with children who would benefit more from one-on-one coaching to make positive, healthy changes in their knowledge, attitude and behavior.