Step Out offers a microenterprise training course for justice affected women, called the LIFE program. LIFE is the acronym for Lifelong Information for Entrepreneurs, which is a 64-hour, trauma-informed training program created by Mercy Corps Northwest. The curriculum incorporates business plan development, employment skill-building, creation of a transition plan from incarceration, and practical tools for health, nutrition and exercise self-management. Integrated throughout the course is a focus on goal setting and action planning. The classes are based on a learning framework that builds on emotional regulation and peer learning. The program has been extremely successful in Oregon, where it has reduced recidivism up to 50%, saving the state millions of dollars while laying the groundwork for the participants to have gainful employment and successful reentry into their communities.