Opportunities for Partnership

Youth Justice Bid Solicitation

Youth Reentry Network

Solicitation #003

DOC Contract Pin #072201624SPP

 

Release Date February 27, 2017
Submission Deadline March 27, 2017
Program Start Date May 1, 2017
Subcontract Service Requested Health and Well-Being

 

Friends of Island Academy (Friends) are seeking community-based partners to provide programs at the Eric M. Taylor Center (EMTC) 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. EMTC is a facility for sentenced (1 year or less) adolescent (16 and 17 years old) and young adult (18-21 years old) men. Programs will take place Monday through Saturday in housing areas in the facility for a 1-year 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 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

Partner providers will be awarded up to $200,000 to implement programming 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 people. Programs in arts and culture have been especially successful on Rikers Island. .

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 one-year 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. This component is important, especially at EMTC, because individuals held there have known release dates and will be able to continue engaging in the program upon release.
  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 March 31, 2017, at 5 p.m. Selected parties will be notified no later than April 7, 2017, and program startup is expected on May 1, 2017. Proposals should be submitted via email to Gina Lee, at glee@friendsny.org.