News Release - City of Rochester and RochesterWorks! Seek Community Partners for Youth Summer Work Experiences

City of Rochester

News Release

(Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017) – The City of Rochester’s Summer of Opportunity Program (SOOP) and the RochesterWorks! Summer Youth Employment Program is seeking community partners to offer structured, paid work experiences during the summer of 2018 for youth ages 14 to 20 in middle or high school or who are part of a GED (TASC) program. Interested partners should apply via the Request for Proposals (RFP) process and will be required to attend a bidders’ conference.

All applicants must attend one of two bidders’ conferences scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.12 at the Danforth Community Center, 200 West Ave. Detailed information about how to apply via the RFP process will be provided and questions about the RFP will be answered. Questions may be forwarded in advance of conference to All replies will be addressed at the conference and subsequently posted on and following the conference.

The Request for Proposals seeks to identify qualified local businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations with the skills, proper work space, facilities and payroll capabilities needed to provide a positive work experience.

SOOP and RochesterWorks! seek to immerse more than 700 youth in various career-related themes including but not limited to: advanced manufacturing; culinary arts; health care; hospitality; information technology; and multimedia production/ arts. State and local funding is expected to provide selected community partners with funds to compensate their participants.

Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11 and should be emailed to

 Applications will be evaluated based on creativity and specificity of experience, demonstrated expertise in themes, level of youth engagement, measurable outcomes, contributing partnerships, fiscal capacity and overall cost efficiency.

More information, including the Request for Proposals may be found at


News Media: For more information, contact Press Secretary Jessica Alaimo, 428-7135.