What is the SkillUP Program?
SkillUP is a free program that helps Food Stamp (SNAP) recipients get help with skills, training, and employer connections to get a job (or a better job). A SkillUP job coach will work with you to create an individual plan to help you reach your goals and start a new career. The SkillUP program can also help you:
- Get skills you need through workshops and classes
- Pay for short-term training and certifications
- Pay for some daycare, work, or training costs
- Understand your job skills and what you are interested in
- Update or create your resume so employers can see your skills
- Connect you with employers
The SkillUP Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The program is also funded through the Administration for Children and Families, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant.
Do SNAP (Food Stamp) recipients have to participate in SkillUP?
Not all SNAP recipients have to participate in SkillUP. However, Able Bodied Adults without Dependents need to complete hours to keep getting Food Stamp benefits. These hours can be met by providing certain information to the Family Support Division or by participating in SkillUP.
What is an Abled Bodied Adult without Dependents?
An Able Bodied Adult without Dependents (ABAWD) is a SNAP (Food Stamp) recipient between the age of 18-49 years who does not have children in their SNAP household under the age of 18 OR are not:
- Unable to work due to an illness, injury or disability
- A full-time student
- Required to care for an ill or incapacitated household member
- Receiving unemployment (in any state)
- Attending a drug or alcohol Treatment Program
Effective January 1, 2019, ABAWDs who lost benefits due to not meeting work requirements are once again eligible for benefits if he/she meets all other eligibility criteria. If you are an ABAWD who is already in work or training, you can contact the Family Support Division at 1-855-FSD-INFO (1-855-373-4636) to see if this meets the requirement. Hours can also be met through participation in the SkillUP Program.
More info about the SkillUp Program can be found here(click logo below):
This is one of the programs offered through the Missouri Job Centers. If you are not a Food Stamp(SNAP) Recipient, there are many programs to help you in your career path, also. If you are in need of career assistance, your first stop should always be at the Missouri Job Centers of Southwest Missouri (417) 629-3000.
The SW Missouri Job Centers and Workforce Investment Board of SW Missouri serve a seven county area: Barry, Dade, Lawrence, Jasper, Newton, McDonald and Barton Counties – IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THIS AREA – contact a Missouri Job Center closest to you. Find a location here: www.jobs.mo.gov
The Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri and/or the Missouri Job Center is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Missouri Relay services at 711.
Stay informed about the latest developments with the SkillUP Program, all you do is:
text SKILLUPNOW to the number 81411
You will receive free updates to info meetings, updates and more!!