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Overview

The San Diego Workforce Partnership is the designated entity for San Diego County to receive Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding from the Department of Labor (DOL) and the State of CA Employment Development Department (EDD)​. 

Every four years, we issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to invite interested and qualified organizations to apply to provide WIOA Youth programs to participants ages 16–24. We will distribute approximately $3.9 million for one entity to provide county-wide services through a career center model and four additional entities to provide services to specific populations that have increased need. 

We will release the RFP in mid-September 2020. Successful applicants will receive contracts for the period of July 1, 2021–June 30, 2022 with an option to extend for three additional one-year periods.

The RFP and all related documents will be included on this page of our website.

Community Outreach and Research

young woman standing in crowd and speaking into micIn order to make sure that we are reaching the youth that most need our services, and providing them with the support, education and training they want and need, we have conducted research, town halls and a community survey. 

Research

While there are many populations in San Diego County that have unique education, training and job seeking needs, we looked at disconnection rates to narrow our focus on four specific populations. A “disconnected youth” is a young adult ages 16-24 who is not working or in school. The four populations and their disconnection rates are:


Black Youth

18%


Homeless/Housing Insecure

65%


Immigrant/Refugee and ELL

12–24%


Justice-involved

25–55%


We are continuing to work on our long-term goals, including cutting the rate of youth disconnection and reducing the gaps in economic opportunity between communities. In July 2020, we released our fourth annual report sharing the latest available data on youth disconnection from the American Community Survey.

Download the report


Town Halls and Survey

Youth Rfp Infographic (1)In May, we hosted two town halls welcoming 135 youth, nonprofits partners, education providers, employers and community members to give us feedback on which populations had the most barriers, what types of services were most critical, and how we can improve our partnerships with other youth-serving community groups. 

View the Power Point presentation here. It has been revised to address common questions.

Additionally, 175 survey responses were submitted. Of those, 20% were from youth, 59% of whom had previously participated in our workforce services.

Our Focus

2-Pronged RFP Approach

  1. One County-wide provider who serves all opportunity youth
  2. Four contracts for providers who specialize in serving specific populations with high rates on disconnection

High-level Overview

Required Performance Metrics:

  • Credential attainment
  • Job placement
  • Media earnings
  • Skills gained

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Additional Performance Metrics:
  • Job quality indicators
  • Self-sustainability
  • Customer satisfaction
Required Program Elements:
  • Outreach and recruitment
  • Eligibility and enrollment
  • Learning assessment
  • Individual service strategy
  • 1:1 case management
  • Access to partners/wrap-around services
  • Training assistance
  • Educational and career assistance
  • Work-based training
  • Support services
  • Follow-up after placement

We Want to Hear From Young Adults

We are always looking for more ways to include youth voice and experience in our work.  We currently have youth participating in program design, writing the RFP and evaluation of the proposals. If you have an experience you’d like to share—about one of our programs, your own education or job search journey, or the barriers you face in San Diego County—please tell us by sending an email to youthRFP@workforce.org.

What’s Next

July 15–August 15

Workgroups meeting and designing program

August 15–September 15

Writing of the RFP

Mid-September

Release the RFP

Mid-September

Bidder’s conference to answer questions on the RFP

November

RFP due

December

Successful applicants announced

On June 26, our Policy Board approved this population-specific funding framework to invest in our communities with the highest need.


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Who Can Apply?

Any organization type can bid:

  • Community-based organizations​
  • Nonprofits​
  • For-profits​
  • Education institutions​
  • Public entities​
  • Any collaboration of these entities

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Any questions related to this procurement process and the Youth RFP should be directed to youthRFP@workforce.org.

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