Opportunities for Partnership

The following solicitations are currently open for submissions:

Solicitation #007 for a Harlem-based basketball program

Solicitation #006 for workforce development programs in New York City communities

Solicitation #005 for health and well-being/arts and culture programs for young women on Rikers Island


 

 

Youth Justice Bid Solicitation

Youth Reentry Network

Solicitation #007

DOC Contract Pin #072201624SPP

 

Release Date August 18, 2017
Submission Deadline September 4, 2017, at 5 p.m.
Program Start Date October 2017
Subcontract Service Requested Basketball program

Mentoring

Community resources

 

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) is seeking a community-based partner to provide a basketball program for young people who have been involved in the justice system in New York City.

Friends of Island Academy was founded in 1990 at an alternative high school on Rikers Island—known then as Island Academy—to address the recidivism rates and disproportionate confinement of youth of color who attended school on Rikers Island. Today, Friends’ Advocates forge relationships with adolescents and young adults when they are admitted to custody and support them throughout their period of incarceration and after their release. We leverage strategic touchpoints along the criminal justice continuum to connect with youth and strive to keep them engaged long after that.

Though we engage a majority of the youth we serve when they are admitted to Rikers Island, a significant number of youth are referred by the Department of Probation, the Administration of Child Services (ACS), the courts, or peers already participating in Friends programming. The demographic characteristics of our population have changed little since we first began working on the school floors of Rikers. The vast majority of our youth members are primarily African American and Latino, between the ages of 16 to 21 and male. Girls and young women make up approximately 12% of our youth members, mirroring the jail population. Youth make up about 5% of the average daily population on Rikers but 100% of ours.

Our program headquarters are in Harlem, and we have community-based hubs in the Bronx and Brooklyn. These sites facilitate our Advocates’ efforts to connect youth with supports and resources that are rooted in their neighborhoods.

 

  1. Scope of Work

One partner provider will be awarded up to $35,000 to implement programming over a 12-month period in Harlem based on the scope outlined below. Proposed programs should focus on positive youth development through basketball, physical fitness, and teambuilding. Programs should be culturally responsive and engaging for young people who have recently been incarcerated or otherwise justice system-involved.

Programs should also include elements of mentoring and other community-based supports for participants. We are looking for facilitators who are connected to communities throughout New York City in meaningful ways and are able to leverage those connections for our young people.

The program will be delivered according to the following parameters:

  1. Every Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 pm;
  2. Located in a gym in the Oberia Dempsey Center in Harlem (127 West 127th Street);
  3. Approximately 10-15 participants per session; 16-24 years old;
  4. Program duration will be for a 12-month period;
  5. A program facilitator or other staff will be willing to be “on call” outside of program hours for a young person to reach out to them in case of emergency.

 

  1. Submission Guidelines and Requirements

The proposal submitted should include the following:

  1. Organization description: Include a description of the organization’s mission and history, population served, and relevant services provided. Indicate any prior experience providing services to adolescents and young adults who have been on Rikers Island, and demonstrate organizational experience and capacity to provide services to youth being released from Rikers Island. Preference will be given to organizations have a genuine connection to impacted communities.
  2. Program description: What services will the organization be able to provide to justice-involved youth? Give all details, including outline of services offered, times, and staffing.
  3. Goals and objectives: List measurable outcomes and indicate how the goals of the proposed services align with the mission of Friends of Island Academy.
  4. Budget: Submit a budget and budget narrative, detailing how the awarded funds will be spent.
  5. References: Please include a list of three professional references for the organization. These references should be from past projects or collaborations with third-party individuals or organizations. For each reference, please include the following: contact name, company name, street address, contact phone number, and contact email.
  6. Attach 501(c)3 letter or fiscal conduit.

Proposals are due on September 4, 2017, at 5 p.m. Selected parties will be notified no later than September 15, 2017, and program startup is expected in early October 2017. Proposals should be submitted via email to Gina Lee, at glee@friendsny.org.

 


Youth Justice Bid Solicitation

Youth Reentry Network

Solicitation #006

DOC Contract Pin #072201624SPP

 

Release Date July 26, 2017
Submission Deadline August 28, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Program Start Date September 2017
Subcontract Service Requested

Workforce Development

Job Readiness Training

Skills Training

Job Placement

 

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) is seeking community-based partners to provide post release programs for youth being released from Rikers Island between the ages of 16 through 21 as part of the Youth Reentry Network. Through a Demonstration Contract with the NYC Department of Correction (DOC), Friends developed and launched the Youth Reentry Network. Programs take place in New York City communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system.

The Network is an innovative system of triage; pre-release support/ planning; and individualized, neighborhood-based aftercare, mentorship, and advocacy for the youngest people admitted to and released from Rikers Island. Beginning upon a youth’s admission, the Network will use engaging, evidence-based practices to achieve the following goals: 1) to minimize idle time and mitigate tension and trauma during the earliest days of custody; 2) to facilitate youth understanding of and engagement in services; 3) to expedite the connection to pre- and post-release services; and 4) to offer post-release neighborhood-based navigation and supports to connect youth to existing resources and supportive networks City-wide.

As part of the Youth Reentry Network, opportunities will arise for community-based partners to provide youth-driven, innovative, and engaging services in our five key domains for positive youth development: education, employment and employability, health and well-being, arts and culture, and civic engagement.

Through this RFP, Friends is looking for partners that are community-based organizations in Southeast Queens, Central Brooklyn, and the South Bronx offering workforce development programs such as short-term, sector-based employment training, job readiness and job placement for young people ages 16 to 21 who have been involved in the justice system. Special consideration will be given toward programs that use innovative youth engagement strategies for working specifically with this population of young people. Nontraditional sectors and methods are welcome and will be given special consideration.

 

1. Scope of Work

Up to 3 partner providers will be awarded up to $50,000 each to offer community-based workforce development services over a 12-month period tailored to young people returning home from jail.

Proposed programs should use a positive youth development approach in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by criminal justice policies. Specifically, we are looking for organizations rooted in the neighborhoods in Southeast Queens, Central Brooklyn, and the South Bronx. Programs should be culturally responsive and designed for young people who have experienced incarceration, using hard- and soft-skills learning as a way toward both personal empowerment and economic stability.

Services should be structured around developmentally appropriate practices, taking into consideration a young person’s level of maturity and readiness to engage. These services will take place in welcoming, safe environments and in a context that supports engagement and encourages respect. Job training and placement in nontraditional sectors and innovative youth engagement strategies and methods are welcome.

 

2. Submission Guidelines and Requirements

The proposal submitted should include the following:

  1. Organization description: Include a description of the organization’s mission and history, population served, and relevant services provided. Indicate any prior experience providing services to adolescents and young adults who have been on Rikers Island, and demonstrate organizational experience and capacity to provide services to youth being released from Rikers Island. Preference will be given to organizations have a genuine connection to impacted communities. The Network’s design seeks to connect currently incarcerated young people to resources within their home communities in order to increase positive youth outcomes.
  2. Program description: What services will the organization be able to provide to justice-involved youth? Give all details, including outline of services offered, times and locations of proposed services. Make sure to include the number of Youth Reentry Network participants your program will be able to serve annually. Also, please note how your organization plans on facilitating a Network participant’s enrollment into your program.
  3. Goals and objectives: List measurable outcomes and indicate how the goals of the proposed services align with one or more of the broader goals of the Youth Reentry Network outlined above.
  4. Budget: Submit a budget and budget narrative, detailing how the awarded funds will be spent.
  5. References: Please include a list of three professional references for the organization. These references should be from past projects or collaborations with third-party individuals or organizations. For each reference, please include the following: contact name, company name, street address, contact phone number, and contact email.
  6. Attach 501(c)3 letter or fiscal conduit.

Proposals are due on August 28, 2017, at 5 p.m. Selected parties will be notified no later than September 8, 2017, and program startup is expected in September 2017. Proposals should be submitted via email to Gina Lee, at glee@friendsny.org.


 

Youth Justice Bid Solicitation

Youth Reentry Network

Solicitation #005

DOC Contract Pin #072201624SPP

 

Release Date July 26, 2017
Submission Deadline August 28, 2017, at 5 p.m.
Program Start Date September 2017

Subcontract Service Requested

Health and Well-Being

Mentoring

Arts and Culture

Technical Skills

 

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) is seeking community-based partners to provide programs at the Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC) facility on Rikers Island as part of the newly launched Youth Reentry Network. Through a three-year Demonstration Contract with the NYC Department of Correction (DOC), Friends began implementing the Youth Reentry Network (the Network) beginning in the fall of 2016. RMSC is a facility for all detained and sentenced women. At RMSC, the Youth Reentry Network serves young women who are 16 and 17 years old (classified by DOC as adolescents) and between 18 and 21 years old (classified by DOC as young adults). Programs will take place Monday through Saturday in housing areas in the facility for a 12-month period.

The Network is an innovative system of triage; pre-release support/ planning; and individualized, neighborhood-based aftercare, mentorship, and advocacy for the youngest people admitted to and released from Rikers Island. Beginning upon a youth’s admission, the Network will use engaging, evidence-based practices to achieve the following goals: 1) to minimize idle time and mitigate tension and trauma during the earliest days of custody; 2) to facilitate youth understanding of and engagement in services; 3) to expedite the connection to pre- and post-release services; and 4) to offer post-release neighborhood-based navigation and supports to connect youth to existing resources and supportive networks City-wide.

As part of the Youth Reentry Network, opportunities will arise for community-based partners to provide youth-driven, innovative, and engaging services in our five key domains for positive youth development: education, employment and employability, health and well-being, arts and culture, and civic engagement.

 

1. Scope of Work

Up to 3 partner providers will be awarded funds of up to $50,000 each to implement programming over a 12-month period at RMSC facility on Rikers Island based on the scope outlined below. Proposed programs should focus on positive youth development through hard- and soft-skill learning and personal empowerment. Programs should be culturally and gender-responsive and engaging for a population of incarcerated young women.

Program areas can include one or more of the following: health and well-being, mentoring, arts and culture, and technical skills. We are looking for innovative, youth-focused, gender-responsive programming in these areas.

The groups to which the program is delivered will not always be consistent, according to the movement of the detained population at Rikers Island and unforeseen DOC circumstances. Some will only be there for a few days, while others will be there for months or longer. Program structure should be flexible to allow for this fluctuating group of attendees.

The program will be delivered according to the following parameters on Rikers Island:

  1. One to three days per week, each session being held for approximately 45 to 90 minutes;
  2. Approximately 10-15 participants per session;
  3. Program duration will be for a 12-month period.

 

2. Submission Guidelines and Requirements

The proposal submitted should include the following:

  1. Organization description: Include a description of the organization’s mission and history, population served, and relevant services provided. Indicate any prior experience providing services to adolescents and young adults who have been on Rikers Island, and demonstrate organizational experience and capacity to provide services to youth being released from Rikers Island. Preference will be given to organizations have a genuine connection to impacted communities. The Network’s design seeks to connect currently incarcerated young people to resources within their home communities in order to increase positive youth outcomes.
  2. Program description: What services will the organization be able to provide to justice-involved youth? Give all details, including outline of services offered, times and locations of proposed services.
  3. Goals and objectives: List measurable outcomes and indicate how the goals of the proposed services align with one or more of the broader goals of the Youth Reentry Network outlined above.
  4. Budget: Submit a budget and budget narrative, detailing how the awarded funds will be spent.
  5. References: Please include a list of three professional references for the organization. These references should be from past projects or collaborations with third-party individuals or organizations. For each reference, please include the following: contact name, company name, street address, contact phone number, and contact email.
  6. Attach 501(c)3 letter or fiscal conduit.

Proposals are due on August 28, 2017, at 5 p.m. Selected parties will be notified no later than September 8, 2017, and program startup is expected in September 2017. Proposals should be submitted via email to Gina Lee, at glee@friendsny.org.