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City of Rochester (SOOP) and RochesterWorks! (SYEP)
Request for Proposals

2016 Project-Based Summer Work Experience for Youth Ages 14-15 and 16-20


Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015
Deadline for Submission: Wednesday January 14, 2016 – 11:59 p.m.
Award Notification: Expected May 2016

Mandatory Bidders Conference:
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 or Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 1pm - 2pm
Danforth Community Center (200 West Avenue, Rochester, NY)
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The City of Rochester’s Summer of Opportunity Program (SOOP) and RochesterWorks! Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) formally announces a joint effort to assist youth with summer jobs. This solicitation is a collaborative effort expected to help more than 700 youth ages 14-20 secure paid and structured work experience this summer. RochesterWorks! anticipates receipt of funds approved by the New York State Governor and Legislature allocated for the purpose of Summer Youth Employment and the City of Rochester anticipates funding to be received from its general operating fund and the New York State Department of Labor. Total funding for this solicitation is expected to equal $800,000.

The City of Rochester and RochesterWorks! seek community partners to deliver structured project-based paid summer work experiences for youth.  This RFP seeks to identify local for-profit, not-for-profit, and faith-based organizations possessing an individual or team that has the capability to provide an experience in any of the specified themes. Demonstrated expertise, adequate work space, and organizational/administrative capacity with sufficient cash flow and/or cash on hand to provide pay-rolling, supplies, and make required payments to initiate the project is essential.  Payments are made on a reimbursement basis only. With a total budget not to exceed $1,742 per youth, each project should serve a minimum 10 youth, run 6 weeks, 20 hours per week, and pay minimum wage ($9.00) during the period July 11 – August 19, 2016.

Project-based learning opportunities integrate work-experience and work-based learning, or combine work-based and classroom-based learning activities including e-learning that provide basic skills instruction, research, career exploration, and life-skills training that complement the work experience. Strategic and reasonable inclusion of enrichment activity(s) to include college and work readiness is required. This activity should consist of job search and retention strategies, positive workplace behaviors, reasoning skills, recognition of post-secondary career opportunities, and other activity leading to the development of a Career Portfolio for each youth.

Proposals will be evaluated based on creativity, specificity of experience, demonstrated expertise in project themes, relevance to in-demand industries, level of youth engagement, measureable outcomes, contributing partnerships, organizational and fiscal capacity, overall cost efficiency, and individuality.

Before submitting a proposal please download and review the documents listed below.



Questions about this RFP will be taken at the Bidder’s Conference only.

No telephone calls. Questions may be forwarded in advance of conference to Kareem Hayes at








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