RFP for In School Youth Services Released July 25

Workforce Board (hereinafter referred to as workforce board) is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to seek organizations to serve WIOA eligible in-school youth ages 16-21, residing in the municipalities of Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Rochester, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, Wareham, and Lakeville to be administered in FY19, supported in part or in whole by funds available from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in accordance with the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The workforce board is targeting High Schools and School Districts that are most in need of programming. High dropout rates, low standard test scores, high poverty areas, and lack of career awareness and preparation are some of the characteristics that define a High School or District as most in need. Highest priority of funding will be for High Schools and School Districts that have high dropout rates, low testing scores, economically disadvantaged graduation rates, and special needs graduation rates.

The workforce board intends to fund either a single or multiple contracts that demonstrate innovative and/or improved approaches for services provided to in-school youth and local youth. The workforce board is interested in programs that produce positive results and have a measurable impact through programs emphasizing in-school youth service delivery primarily through career and academic bridge programs and pre-apprenticeship programs.

Funding awards will only be for youth program activities that assist at-risk, economically disadvantaged youth to attain the education and/or skills needed to create employment or educational options. Services must be designed and delivered so that they focus on youth career development, career pathways, industry-based learning, educational accomplishment, post-secondary enrollment and job placement.

FUNDING

For this Out-of-School youth RFP there is an expected total of $50,000 available for In School Youth programs for which the workforce board anticipates awarding one to four contracts. During the decision-making process, this funding amount and number of contracts may change, but, proposals should be budgeted for a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $50,000 with expected per participant costs of $1,800 to $3,000.

For more information and for a copy of the RFP please visit: http://www.gnbwib.org/request-for-proposal/