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Community Social Development 

The Urban Frontiers Organization’s Helping Others Pursue Excellence (H.O.P.E.) Strategy began out of the desire to directly contribute to community residents, in a meaningful way. Most communities we serve were originally a larger population, have seen a contraction of population, lack of job skill/readiness development, and a significant reduction in employment opportunities. The Urban Frontier Organization’s H.O.P.E. Strategy fills a void left by other temporary and permanent placement agencies. The H.O.P.E. program will assist individuals seeking employment; through participation in a series of seminars covering:

  • Life Skills Training
  • Job Skill Readiness
  • Resume building
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Employment Networking
  • Effective Employment Exploration

The H.O.P.E. Strategy is a curriculum designed to meet the needs of individuals who are trying to make a transition from first time employment, reentry into the workforce or a desire to further their education once they obtain their high school equivalency diploma.

The H.O.P.E. Strategy curriculum combines activities of personal reflection with research into local job and training opportunities and practice of job search skills. Participants practice basic academic skills and have the opportunity to develop underlying skills such as self-awareness, self-confidence, and critical thinking.  Individuals participating in the program will learn both Community On Road to Excellence (C.O.R.E.) Skills and what we define as Hidden Potential Skills.

C.O.R.E. Skills are the ones usually associated with basic adult education programs:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • ​Communication

Hidden Potential Skills enable people to use both their experiences and basic skills to succeed in what they set out to do. These include:

  • critical thinking
  • self-awareness
  • self-confidence
  • assertiveness
  • organizational skills
  • goal setting and planning skills
  • team work problem solving in both personal and public situations

​​Both C.O.R.E. Skills and Hidden Potential Skills will be learned in this program. However, the curriculum is built around content areas instead of skills. We offer an interactive approach to individualized personal development. C.O.R.E. Skills are instructed in context of other work participants are doing. The same is true for Hidden Potential Skills.  Activities will assist the group to develop the confidence, organizational skills, and team work they will need later in the workplace.

The curriculum is built around discovering the answers to basic human development questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What are my values, needs, skills?
  • What’s out there?
  • What jobs are available in this community?
  • What jobs will be here in the future?
  • How can we get training for these jobs?
  • What is the work world like?
  • How do people get and keep jobs?
  • How do I get from here to there?
  • What is my career plan?

In addition to training and development we have partnered with employers in the surrounding Tri-State Area (Western Pennsylvania, Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, and South Eastern Ohio) for job placement.  We conduct application and orientation events as well as facilitate transportation to jobs from Steubenville,Ohio.  Interested in our next application orientation event?  Fill out the short registration from on this page and we'll contact you to when we schedule our next event.