WorkSource Montgomery is excited to announce up to $100,000 in funding to support an innovative proposal that will connect Opportunity Youth to substantial career pathways with a lasting impact on their future economic success. Our Montgomery County community-based organizations (CBOs) create impact through the intensive work being done to connect youth with opportunities. These organizations are invited to apply for funding to design and implement a program that addresses the needs of Montgomery County disconnected youth with effective support and access to lasting opportunities.
In 2017, WorkSource Montgomery (WSM) envisioned and implemented Summer RISE, a 3-week work experience for high school students. While not a summer employment program, Summer RISE was designed as a valuable educational experience. It was also designed to be inclusive and accessible; any Montgomery County junior or senior was eligible to participate. Starting in 2019, the Summer RISE program will be managed by Montgomery County Public Schools with WSM’s technical support. WorkSource Montgomery is now pursuing our next innovative way to specifically tap the strengths of our Opportunity Youth. Our priority is our community’s young adult population who lack the supports and resources that provide increased economic mobility.
WorkSource Montgomery is issuing this Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to identify and select one organization qualified to implement a summer career-focused program for qualified disconnected youth (ages 16-24) who reside in Montgomery County. WorkSource Montgomery continues to be impressed with the work our community-based organizations do with Opportunity Youth. We know CBOs are leaders in identifying and responding to the unique challenges this population may face. WorkSource Montgomery would like to tap our CBOs’ expertise in this field to generate innovative ways to support Opportunity Youth.
CBOs should consider their past experience and those activities they wish they could implement but have not yet been able to do so. This is an opportunity to explore innovative approaches and put ideas into action to support our young adults.
In addition to an awarded grant from the Maryland Department of Labor (DLLR), WorkSource Montgomery resources through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may be available to support eligible program participants to enhance sustainable career pathway programming. Proposals that include leveraged resources are encouraged.
- Targeted youth should meet the definition of “Opportunity Youth” (young person between the ages of 16 and 24 who is neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market) and reside in Montgomery County, Maryland
- Program should serve between 15 to 50 Opportunity Youth.
- Program should provide thoughtful supports that may include (but are not limited to) recruitment, screening, professionalism training, career exploration, motivational interviews, mentoring, and employment supports.
- Participants should be placed in, at minimum, a 6-week career experience, internship, apprenticeship, or job. This opportunity should connect to a career pathway that provides access to economic mobility.
- Participants should receive a stipend or salary, depending on the structure of the experience. Funding for this stipend or salary may come from this grant, through employer matching funds, or other sources.
- Participants must be registered in the Maryland Workforce Exchange.
- Provide progress reports upon the completion of each stage of the proposed program, i.e. 1) Recruitment, 2) Training, 3) Placement, and 4) Completion.
- Provide final report on outcomes that include an analysis of lessons learned, viability of continuation and/or expansion, and recommendations for a sustainability plan.
- The proposal deadline is Thursday, January 31, 2019.
- The selected organization will be notified by Thursday, February 7, 2019.
- The program should be prepared to start no later than July 1 with program completion by September 30.
- The final report is due September 30, 2019.
- Interested organizations should submit a Letter of Interest that fully describes your innovative concept and includes:
- Contact Information
- The organization’s capacity and qualifications in the area of support for Opportunity Youth
- Descriptions of the qualifications and experience of staff who will implement and report out on this program
- Timeline for implementation to include goals for each stage of the program
- Itemized estimate of costs:
- Cost per participant
- Other anticipated expenses
- The Letter of Interest should be no longer than 5 pages.
- Interviews may be held with any, none, or all respondents as the proposals are received and reviewed. Interviews will be at the sole discretion of WorkSource Montgomery.
- Note: The selected organization will be required to submit a Certificate of Insurance and an audit for the last complete fiscal year after selection.
- Address all correspondence to:
Kristin Trible, Director of Community Engagement
1801 Rockville Pike, Suite 320
Rockville, MD 20852
- Submissions of Letters of Interest should be emailed to YouthGrant@worksourcemontgomery.com. Include on the subject line: Call for Innovative Proposals: Opportunity Youth
- Deadline for submission is Thursday, January 31, 2019.
Terms and Limitations:
This is a Request for Expressions of Interest. WSM shall be the sole judge of each response’s conformance with the requirements of this RFEI and of the merits of the individual qualifications and proposals. WSM reserves the right to waive any conditions or modify any provision of this RFEI with respect to one or more respondents, to negotiate with one or more of the respondents, or to reject any or all responses, if in its judgment it is in the best interest of WSM to do so. In all cases, WSM shall be the sole judge of the acceptability of the responses. The timing of proposal selection may differ depending upon the degree to which further information on individual proposals must be obtained.
For more on our Opportunity Youth, please see:
Connecting Youth to Opportunity: How Black and African American Youth Perspectives Can Inform a Blueprint for Improving Opportunity in Montgomery County, MD
Connecting Youth to Opportunity: How Latino Youth Perspectives Can Inform a Blueprint for Improving Opportunity in Montgomery County, MD.