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Learning to Work (LTW) Programs for Young Adult Borough Centers and Transfer Schools

Grants to New York City Nonprofits and For-Profits to
Help Over-Aged Students Achieve a High School Diploma

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New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) - Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR)

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02/13/18 1:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to New York City nonprofit and for-profit organizations to offer specialized support services in local public schools and young adult centers. The purpose of this grant is to help under-credited, over-aged students who require additional support to achieve a high school diploma and succeed after graduation.

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) on behalf of the Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR) is seeking proposals from organizations experienced and capable of providing specialized support services in a collaborative and integrated fashion with NYCDOE schools and Young Adult Borough Centers (YABC) programs that serve over-age and under-credited students enrolled in our secondary schools. All services will be developed and implemented in collaboration with NYCDOE staff at the school or YABC sites supported by the Learning to Work (LTW) program.

The purpose of the Learning to Work (LTW) program is to provide direct services to over-aged, under-credited students who need additional academic and personal support to earn a high school diploma and develop the competencies needed for college and career success following graduation.

The LTW model is designed to partner community-based organizations (CBOs) with expertise in the principles and practices of youth development with NYCDOE schools and programs that serve off-track students to foster a more supportive environment for these youth. Moreover, these partnering organizations have connections to local community providers that are available to supplement supports to the students and their families they serve.

LTW offers academic and student support, career and educational exploration, work preparation, skills development, and internships. Detailed service description and requirements are provided in the Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitation.

This RFP consist of four service components:
-Component 1: Learning to Work Programs for Young Adult Borough Centers (YABC)
-Component 2: Learning to Work Programs for Transfer Schools
-Component 2A: Learning to Work Programs for Transfer Schools (1st year budget phase-in)
-Component 3: Supplemental Student Support Services

Vendors may submit proposals for Component 1, Component 2, and/or Component 2A; however, proposals for Component 3 can only be submitted by vendors proposing for Component 1, 2 and/or 2A. Proposals for Component 3 without proposals for Component 1, 2 and/or 2A will not be accepted.

This RFP may result in multiple full value contract agreements for Components 1, 2, and 2A, as well as multiple requirements contract agreements for Component 3.

Regarding Component 2A (1st year budget phase-in):

The largest new Transfer School sites targeted to add Learning to Work services have been designated for Component 2A and will phase in full implementation of LTW services over a two year period. The same services as described for Component 2 will be deliverables for Component 2A with full implementation in years two and three. This approach was taken due to the large size of the student population, the amount of time it will take to integrate a youth development model promoted by Learning to Work in a large school, and the availability of funding.

Vendors proposing for this component must provide the full range of the required LTW services at the selected Transfer School(s) but a reduced level during year one and at a cost no greater than the established maximum expenditure per school allocated for the first year. Though there are no funding restrictions for years two and three, vendors should offer competitive pricing for all contract years.

The establishment of a funding cap for year one for Component 2A does not mean that providers must propose pricing at the maximum funding allocated per school; instead, providers should offer reasonable pricing that would make their proposal competitive.

All contracted services will be developed and implemented in collaboration with NYCDOE leadership at the school or program sites supported by LTW funds. In advance of each new school year, site leadership (CBO and NYCDOE) will develop an agreed upon work plan that defines the partners’ respective roles and responsibilities; the deployment of resources and staff; methods and frequency of data sharing and reporting; and other domains related to school culture and student engagement and support. These plans will be submitted in advance of each new school year to the Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR) for review and approval prior to implementation.

Awards will be made on a site basis for Components 1, 2, and 2A, with the exception of the co-located sites in Component 2, where a single award will be made for the two sites sharing the same campus. As the primary goal of Component 3 is to intensify the LTW services provided at a Transfer School or YABC, an award for Component 3 at a particular site will be contingent upon a vendor being awarded a contract under Component 1, 2, and/or 2A at that site. A vendor may not be awarded a contract under Component 3 if that vendor, who was awarded a contract under Component 1, 2, and/or 2A for the same site, did not submit a proposal for Component 3. The inclusion of a proposal for Component 3 will not be considered and will bear no weight during the evaluation process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149097

Number of Grants:

The RFP may result in the award of multiple full value contract agreements for Components 1, 2, and 2A, as well as multiple requirements contract agreements for Component 3.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Transfer Schools listed under Component 2A will develop a proposed budget for the first year phase-in at a cost not-to-exceed $660,000 as well as a second budget for the full program implementation that will cover costs in years two and three.

Term of Contract:

The awarded contract(s) will be for a term of three (3) years. The NYCDOE reserves the unilateral option to extend the contract(s) for two (2) additional one-year periods. It is anticipated that services will commence for the 18-19 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All proposals received on or before the proposal due date and time and at the location specified in the Request for Proposals, will be evaluated to determine whether or not they meet the following Minimum Qualifications. Proposals that fail to meet all the minimum qualifications will not be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Proposer(s) may be a for-profit or not-for-profit institution. Individuals are not eligible to submit proposals for this RFP.

2. Proposer(s) must have a minimum of three (3) years of successful experience in providing the required services, or for projects of a similar nature and scope, as those required in this RFP; preferably in an urban setting to a large, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse school system(s) and/or related educational organization(s).

3. Proposer(s) must provide contact information for three (3) references from schools, school systems, and/or related educational organization(s) that has paid the proposer for projects or services of a similar nature and scope as required in this RFP. Each reference must provide a brief description that includes the dates, locations, description of the services provided and any outcomes or results.

4. Proposer(s) must be located within 25 miles of New York City.

5. Proposer(s) must provide evidence of established linkages and/or collaborative relations with social
service organizations, e.g. legal, health, mental health, and housing.

6. Proposer(s) must provide evidence of established linkages and/or partnerships with public and private sector employers such that students can be ensured access to meaningful internship placements.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Pre-Proposal Conference will be held January 18, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST at St. Francis College, Founders Hall Auditorium, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Attendance for the pre-proposal conference is optional and does not require prior reservation or RSVP.

Pre-Application Information:

RFP questions may be submitted at any time to the e-mail address listed below. Additional questions may be submitted orally at the conference. Questions received within seventy-two (72) hours of the scheduled pre-proposal conference shall be answered in the published Questions & Answers (Q&A) document.

The deadline for submitting questions on this RFP is no later than 4:00 PM EST, January 23, 2018. Proposers are advised that the NYCDOE is not able to ensure it shall respond to inquiries received after this date. All queries will be addressed in the written Q&A document, which will be published on or about February 6, 2018.

Proposals must be received by no later than 1:00 PM EST, February 13, 2018.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions regarding this solicitation should be addressed in an e-mail including the RFP number and title in the subject line to:

Camella Fairweather

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NYC Department of Education
65 Court Street, Room 1201
Attn: Bid Unit/Vendor Resources
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP # R1148

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York: Within 25 miles of New York City

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