Opportunities for Partnership

Youth Justice Bid Solicitation

Youth Reentry Network

Solicitation #004

DOC Contract Pin #072201624SPP

 

Release Date April 17, 2017
Submission Deadline May 12, 2017
Program Start Date June 19, 2017
Subcontract Service Requested Health and Well-Being, Arts and Culture

 

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) is seeking community-based partners to provide programs at the George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC) 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. GMDC is a facility for male adults and young adults. The Youth Reentry Network serves those who are between the ages of 18 and 21, who are considered young adults in DOC custody. 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 case management/mentoring supports to help reentry process by facilitating connection to existing resources and supportive network City-wide.

Over the course of this Demonstration Contract, 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.

Proposed programs should focus on positive youth development through hard- and soft-skill learning and personal empowerment. Programs should be culturally responsive and engaging, tailored for a population of incarcerated young people. Programs in arts and culture have been especially successful on Rikers Island.

  1. Scope of Work

Up to 4 partner providers will be awarded funds from a pool of $200,000 to implement programming over a 12-month period 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 responsive and engaging, tailored for a population of incarcerated young men. Programs in arts and culture have been especially successful on Rikers Island.

The groups to which the program is delivered will be somewhat transient, according to the movement of the detained population at Rikers Island. 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.

 

  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 on Rikers Island, and demonstrate this organizational experience and capacity to provide services to youth on Rikers Island. Preference will be given to organizations that also run programs in the community. The goal of the Network is to connect young people currently incarcerated to programs back home, for their successful reentry.
  2. Program description: What services will the organization be able to provide on Rikers Island? Give all details, including curriculum outline, times and locations of proposed programming, personnel and materials required.
  3. Goals and objectives: List measurable outcomes and indicate how the goals of the proposed programming 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. Attach 501(c)3 letter or fiscal conduit.

Proposals are due on May 12, 2017, at 5 p.m. Selected parties will be notified no later than May 26, 2017, and program startup is expected by June 19, 2017. Proposals should be submitted via email to Gina Lee, at glee@friendsny.org.