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The San Diego Workforce Partnership is re-issuing its Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide education, training and employment services for Black opportunity youth (young adults ages 16–24 who are not in school) in San Diego County. Subrecipients will deliver Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth services. We are looking to serve Black opportunity youth for the following reasons:

  • Black youth had a pre-pandemic disconnection rate of 17% compared to a county average of 10%
  • Youth in Southeast San Diego, where 18% of residents are Black, compared to a county average of 6%, had a pre-pandemic disconnection rate of 13%
  • Nationwide, the pandemic has caused a spike in Black unemployment from 6% in February 2020 to 9% in February 2021 and youth unemployment from 11.5% to 14%
  • San Diego’s public and private institutions have historically discriminated against Black residents. This project is designed to begin to address system racism—not by privileging any one group over another, but by opening economic opportunities to communities that have long been denied such opportunities. 

Subrecipients will deliver Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth services. This funding opportunity will be approximately $600,000 in Year 1, with an option to be renewed for three subsequent years. 

For-profit and nonprofit organizations, public agencies, consortiums and/or a collaboration of these organizations are encouraged to apply. The Workforce Partnership recognizes that not all organizations may have the capacity to respond to this RFP or manage the funding requirements. We value the strength and strategic benefit of multiple partners coming together to provide comprehensive community services grounded in linguistic/cultural skills, trust and relationships within populations and geographies, and experience delivering evidence-based programming. Receiving and/or managing WIOA funds previously is not a requirement. Additionally, if you applied for Workforce Partnership funds previously and were not selected, you are encouraged to apply again.

Respondents Orientation

The Workforce Partnership hosted a Respondents Orientation on Thursday, April 8 where we reviewed the application itself and the process for applying. You can view the PowerPoint here and watch the video by clicking below.

View Recording

Notice of Intent

All Notices of Intent are due on Thursday, April 22, 2021 by 5 p.m. PST. 
Final day to submit questions is on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 by 5 p.m. PST. You can view previously asked questions by downloading the Questions & Answers document on the left-hand side of this page.

Access Workforce Ebid

For assistance with Workforce eBid, email youthRFP@workforce.org
For assistance with submitting Working Metrics data, email support@workingmetrics.com


All applications are due Thursday, May 6, 2021 by 5 p.m. PST

Download Population Specific Services RFP


Download and fill out (when applicable) the attachments on the left-hand side of this page for submission with your RFP.

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. View the results from the youth survey here.

High-level Overview

Required Performance Metrics:

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

Additional Performance Metrics:

  • Job quality indicators
  • Self-sustainability
  • Customer satisfaction

Required Program Elements:

  • young man in suit smiles into cameraOutreach 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

What’s Next: Timeline

April 1, 2021
Release the RFP
April 8, 2021
Respondents’ orientation
April 22, 2021
Notice of Intent Due
April 27, 2021
Final day to submit questions
May 6, 2021
RFP due
June 1-4, 2021
In-person interviews
June 4, 2021
Evaluation complete
June 17, 2021
Board approval
Immediately following June 2021 Board meeting
Anticipated award notification
July 1, 2021
Contract start

On June 26, 2020 our Policy Board approved this population-specific funding framework to invest in our communities with the highest need.

Who Can Apply?

Any organization type can bid:

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

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

Submit Notice of Intent/RFP

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. 


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

Homeless/Housing Insecure

Immigrant/Refugee and ELL


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

The Workforce Partnership is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization chartered by the County and the City of San Diego to empower job seekers to meet the current and future workforce needs of employers in San Diego County. The organization’s primary funding is allocated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and California Employment Development Department (EDD) under the provisions of WIOA and is overseen under the leadership of the Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the Policy Board. Together with community partners, the Workforce Partnership funds and delivers programs whose goal is to prepare young adults for high school graduation, post-secondary education and ultimately, a career. Additionally, the Workforce Partnership provides targeted employment services designed to help eligible job seekers identify a career path and obtain the skills and experience they need for success. For additional information on the Workforce Partnership, its mission and strategic pillars, visit workforce.org.

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