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Request For Proposals for Component 2 of the New Jersey Youth At-Risk of Homelessness Federal Project- Connect to Achievement Three Pilot Programs in Burlington, Mercer and Union

Grants to New Jersey Businesses, Nonprofits in Burlington,
Mercer, Union Counties for Educational Support for Youth

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State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families

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02/17/16 12:00 PM


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Grants to New Jersey businesses and nonprofits in Burlington, Mercer, and Union Counties for educational assistance to teens and young adults involved with the child welfare system. January 12 is the deadline to submit questions. On January 14 a mandatory bidders conference will be held. Applicants must be based in and very familiar with the youth services in their County.

The awarded program will be responsible for working directly with youth, ages 14-21, families, resource families/foster parents, educational stakeholders, other service providers, and community organizations. The awarded program will also be expected to work in close collaboration with the Connecting YOUth team and its national partners: the Center for the Study of Social Policy, CSH and Child Trends. In addition, they will be asked to participate in the County Based Implementation Committee in their county.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) proposes to develop and implement the Connect to Achievement intervention designed to establish:

1) Structured educational advocacy and planning through Educational Champions (Component 2A). Educational Champions will strengthen local partnerships with education stakeholders, linkage to educational programming and supports (i.e. tutoring, college-bound programming), conferencing educational needs and goals of youth with CP&P staff and team members, securing and utilizing education records and data in planning, and tracking educational outcomes. Educational advocacy is defined by, but not limited to, the following criteria:

a. Catalog community resources
b. Build connections to community resources (i.e. supplemental education programs, tutoring, college-bound programming)
c. Support workers in connecting to resources
d. Network with local school districts to:
i. Create access to staff and resources
ii. Acquire data on students
e. Involvement in viewing/ensuring youth’s education information is current/accurate in NJ Spirit (CP&P information system)
f. Create Education Passport
g. Case Conference on specific youth
h. Available resource to youth/worker as needed
i. Intensified case management for youth at risk of failing/dropping out

2) Informal connections through mentoring that help coach and challenge youth to realize their potential and achieve their academic and career goals (Component 2B). The program will recruit and train “Near Peer” mentors recruited through post-secondary settings and “Professional” mentors recruited in a youth’s local community. Connections to these mentors will ensure youth have the stability and support (community, school and child welfare) necessary to achieve academic success and to have access to post-secondary or technical school opportunities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 167144

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$150,000 Per Pilot County

Term of Contract:

April 1, 2016 through September 29, 2018. Funding is anticipated to be extended beyond this funding period, however it is contingent upon the availability of funding in future fiscal years.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Based in and deeply familiar with the youth services in the pilot county.
- Exhibits a commitment to the adolescent population identified for this initiative.
- Endorses the Youth Thrive framework ( and commits to a philosophy of positive youth development in their program. Positive youth development requires that adults engage and work with adolescents and young adults, giving them a voice, involving them in the development of services and policies that will impact their life, and works from strength based approach.
- Demonstrates a track record of addressing the unique needs and strengths of adolescents and their families and achieving positive outcomes with youth.
- Ability to work closely with DCF partners, educational stakeholders, and other social service agencies to help achieve educational goals and secure connections for and with adolescents and young adults in foster care.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Potential Bidders must attend a Mandatory Bidder’s Conference on 1/14/16 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
DCF Professional Center
30 Van Dyke Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Pre-Application Information:

YARH - Connecting YOUth in New Jersey (Web Site) :

Questions are due by January 12, 2016 at 12:00PM to

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Forms and online training are available at:
It is recommended that you do not wait until the date of delivery in case there are technical difficulties during your submission. Registered AOR forms may be received 5 business days prior to the date the bid is due.

All applicants must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. To acquire a DUNS number, contact the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or inquire on-line at:

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