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Grant Opportunity ID
Office of Children & Family Services
Grant Opportunity
RFP # 1004 Workforce Development Demonstration Project (WDDP)
Contact Name
Theodore Chmielewski
Contact Email
Solicitation Profile
Please note: The amended RFP, Questions and Answers (Q&A), and Bidder’s Conference Webinar Slides have been released on 3/7/2019. There are two distinct sets of Q&A: one contains responses to written questions, and the other contains responses to questions received during the Bidder’s Conference. Please review both sets of Q&A carefully.

IMPORTANT: In the event of a disparity between the amended RFP and the Grants Gateway, the amended RFP takes precedent. Please note that the amendment to page 39 of the RFP has resulted in a change to Work Plan Question A.6.a. Your response to Question A6 in the “Program Specific Questions” of your online application in the Grants Gateway must address the question as written in the amended RFP.

Please Note: Bidders Notice has been added 2/15/2019.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) is pleased to announce this funding opportunity and will award grants for a Workforce Development Demonstration Project (WDDP) that will provide education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while also providing them with opportunities to perform meaningful work and service to their communities.

Please note services provided as a result of this RFP will be based on the “Pay for Success” (PFS) program model. One of the most important characteristics of PFS is its grounding in performance and articulation of specific measurable outcomes that define success. Proposed metrics should allow for midcourse corrections, and outcome targets should be ambitious, yet achievable. Targets should be chosen to reflect meaningful outcome impacts for beneficiaries and, if possible, correspond to savings for the government.

The purpose of this RFP is to identify qualified not-for-profit or charitable foundations that, over the two-year term of this project, will provide an alternative education/workforce development model that can serve as an effective community-based intervention for high risk youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. This model will provide education and workforce development services for youth and young adults who are in one of the following categories: are disconnected from traditional societal institutions; have dropped out of school; are involved in the justice system; are aging out of foster care; youth with disabilities; are unemployed or underemployed; are gang-involved or at-risk of gang-involvement; and other disadvantaged youth populations. This program focuses on high crime communities with concentrated distress and hot spots of crime and high institutional placement rates of adjudicated/sentenced youth. This model is intended to simultaneously address core issues facing these populations: educational and vocational success for urban youth, and leadership development using positive youth development principles.

WDDP will be a community-based alternative education program that balances project-based learning and occupational skills training that prepare disadvantaged youth for long term career success and opportunities for post-secondary education. The academic component will assist youth who are significantly behind in basic skills to obtain a high school diploma or state equivalency credential or will engage youth in post-secondary schooling opportunities. The occupational skills training component should prepare at-risk youth to gain placement into high demand career pathways and/or further education or training. By teaching youth marketable skills, WDDP will support the goal of increasing positive youth opportunities within the targeted communities. Occupational skills training may include, but are not limited to, trending industries based on local labor market demand such as: building trades, service industries; information technology; healthcare; security; and maintenance.

Please see the RFP document for additional information and submission requirements.
Full Announcement Details
Applications Due (Date / Time)
March 15, 2019 / 04:00 PM ET
Bidder's Conference(s)/Application Workshop(s)
None available
Anticipated Award DateWednesday, April 10, 2019
Anticipated Initial Contract Length2 Years
Total Funding Available$5,500,000.00
Anticipated Amount of Award(s)
NarrativeOCFS expects to award up to $5,500,000 statewide over a two-year period under this RFP. Please see the RFP Section 2.3 for additional information.
Letter of IntentNot Required
Letter of Intent Due
Questions Due DateFriday, February 22, 2019
Questions and Answers NarrativeAll questions and requests for clarification, or to report errors or omissions, in the procurement process of this RFP should cite the RFP section and paragraph number and must be submitted via email (preferred) at or by hard copy mail to the Director of Contracts no later than the deadline for submission of written questions specified in Section 1.2 Calendar of Events. Questions received after the deadline may not be answered.
Questions and Answers Posting TypeUpload
Questions and Answers Posting Date3/6/2019 12:00:00 AM
Questions and Answers Link or UploadClick here
Eligible ApplicantsNot-For-Profit, Governmental Entity, Tribal Organization
Target Population(s)Age - Young Adults, Court Involved - Juvenile Justice Involved, Education Status - Disconnected, Education Status - Drop Out, Education Status - Out-of-School, Organizations - Academic Institutions, Organizations - Community Based Groups, Organizations - Government Entities, Organizations - Not-For Profits
Service Area(s) Education Supports, Family Supports, Justice Services, Workforce Development
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