RFP - Project-Based Summer Work Experience for Youth


The City of Rochester and RochesterWorks! seeks community partners to deliver structured project-based paid summer work experiences for youth.  This RFP seeks to identify local for-profit, not-for-profit, and faith-based organizations possessing an individual or team that has the capability to provide an experience in any of the themes described below. Demonstrated expertise, adequate work space, organizational/administrative capacity with sufficient cash flow and/or cash on hand to provide pay-rolling, supplies, and make required payments to initiate the project is strongly advised. Payments are made on a reimbursement basis. Bidders are required to attend the mandatory Bidder Conference on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Danforth Community Center, 200 West Ave.

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•Advanced Manufacturing i.e. hands on workshops exploring the possibilities in advanced manufacturing. Research a need in your community/neighborhood using advanced manufacturing. 

•Culinary – i.e. teaching participants how to prepare healthy meals through hands on experience. Participants should be able to identify healthy food choices, learn proper sanitation, food handling techniques and create healthy recipes. 
•Entrepreneurialism i.e. creation and sustainment of a small business (such as website design and maintenance, or other potential self-employment)
•Hospitality i.e. exposure to the hospitality industry by working with local businesses. Educate youth about the business of hospitality and career options within the field.
Industry/Career Exploration – i.e. research, experience and document pathways to local in-demand job opportunities such as Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) related occupations. Partnerships/collaborations    within business and industry networks are encouraged. Specific local sectors include:  Advanced Healthcare; Life Sciences; Energy Innovation; Optics, Imaging, and Photonics; Business Services; Advanced Manufacturing; Agriculture and Food processing; and Tourism and the Arts.

Information Technology – i.e. basic hardware configuration, pc troubleshooting, business applications, pc installation and basic networking overview.

•Leadership, Community Organizing and Community Service – i.e. identify an important issue or specific need in your community/neighborhood for youth to research, strategize, organize, train/educate, advocate and document within city, alignment with the city of Rochester Focused Investment Strategy (FIS) is encouraged.
Multimedia Production / Arts and Youth – i.e. creation of a DVD or YouTube type documentary or self-help video with photos and supporting script that is of interest to youth.  It may tell the story of a noteworthy historical or otherwise local happening, group or individual, or educate youth on a matter of current importance.  Organize an event and/or opportunity where youth may express themselves lawfully (such as neighborhood beautification, the creation of mural art, and/or other creative contributions) through the use of an art form expression. 
Youth Workforce Development – i.e. youth developed materials, workshops and/or PowerPoint presentation on how to conduct a job search including creating a resume, filling out an application, interviewing/communication, appropriate dress/positive impressions, and etc. May use photos, social media such as YouTube, and other marketing tools to record for future use. Materials created should be culturally diverse and should show our future workforce engaged in positive settings.


Download the Bidder’s Conference Q&A

Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2017. 

A detailed description of experience and qualifications for the above requirements together with contact information for references should be submitted by Thursday, January 12, 2017