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2014 Workforce Investment Act Title I
Year-Round Workforce Development Services to Youth

Posted: January 8, 2014
Mandatory Information Session (Bidder’s Conference): Thursday January 23, 2014 – 9:30 a.m.
Deadline for Submission: Wednesday February 12, 2014 – 12 p.m. (Noon)
Award Notification: End of March, 2014 


RochesterWorks, Inc. anticipates the availability of $700,000 in WIA Youth Funds and seeks to solicit proposals from governmental units, public or private not-for-profit or for-profit corporations, local educational agencies, faith-based and community-based agencies to support Youth Workforce Development Service Navigators (Navigator) for the period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

 A navigator may be one individual or portions of multiple individuals depending upon service delivery design and leverage of resources. The objective of a navigator is to provide a coordinated approach through which RWI and its community partners collaborate to create community-wide access of workforce development services to youth in order to maximize resources, reduce duplication of service and to increase the basic skills, structured employment opportunities, job retention, and earnings of local youth.

 Under this solicitation up to 14 navigators are sought to focus WIA supported services to older disconnected youth. For the purpose of this solicitation older disconnected youth are those youth aged 17-21 who are not regularly attending school or employed, and are not readily employable due to lack of basic skills.  Typically these are out of school youth or youth in-school but over-age, under credited, and at risk of dropping out.

 To learn more about this funding opportunity go to, across the top click on Newsroom, and then RFPs. A mandatory informational session is scheduled for Thursday January 23, 2014, 9:30 a.m. at the American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter, 50 Prince Street, Rochester, NY 14607. Registration is requested before 12 Noon on January 22nd. E-mail John Premo at Include the name and email of staff, including the organization to be represented.

Seating is limited. Standing room will be available.


Request for Proposals – RochesterWorks and the City of Rochester
2014 Project-Based Summer Work Experience for Youth Ages 14-15 and 16-20
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Deadline for Submission: Wednesday March 12, 2014 – 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Mandatory Bidders Conference: Wednesday February 26, 2014 – 2:30 p.m. @ United Way of Greater Rochester, Eastman Room, 75 College Ave., Rochester, NY
Award Notification: Expected May 2014
RochesterWorks! Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and the City of Rochester’s Summer of Opportunity Program (SOOP) formally announce a joint effort to assist youth with summer jobs. This solicitation is a collaborative effort expected to help more than 625 youth ages 14-20 secure paid, 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.

RochesterWorks and the City of Rochester 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 $1,600 per youth, each project should serve a minimum 10 youth, run 6 weeks, 20 hours per week, and pay minimum wage ($8.00) during the period July 7 – August 15, 2014.

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.

Questions about this RFA will be taken at the Bidder’s Conference only. No telephone calls. Questions may be forwarded in advance of conference to John Premo at



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