Request for Information
The Request for Information (RFI) is one important way we are seeking input as the Partnership works to initiate and pursue specific strategies to achieve its mission. Since we are in the information gathering phase, this RFI will not result in funding or commit the Partnership to any specific strategy or collaboration. However, this RFI may well provide a large portion of the relevant universe of eligible recipients of future funds. So, we encourage you to complete this RFI if you believe your mission aligns with the Partnership’s mission.
We aim to achieve three goals to deepen our collective understanding of what is possible and shape strategic priorities through this RFI process:
- Communities: Identify communities in Connecticut with early momentum around helping youths and young adults graduate high school and connect to jobs, and where individuals and organizations feel a stake in the Partnership’s mission.
- Needs: Discover specific areas where communities and practitioners require additional resources and supports to advance the Partnership’s mission.
- Opportunities: Surface proven and/or promising practices and/or programs that could drive positive impact to advance the Partnership’s mission.
Given these goals, we are seeking responses to this RFI from six types of respondents:
- Educator: Educator (e.g., classroom teacher, paraprofessional, guidance counselor, social worker) who works in a Connecticut public high school and seeks to highlight needs or share ideas for re-engaging students who have fallen off-track and are at-risk of not graduating high school.
- Education or Workforce Development Program Provider: Organization or agency (e.g., community-based organization, non-profit, education provider, workforce development program) that provides services for young people (ages 14 to 24) who are disengaged in school and/or disconnected from school and work. This includes programs that help students re-engage in school and attain a secondary (e.g., GED) and/or post-secondary (e.g., technical certification, associate’s degree) credential, as well as organizations or "on-ramps" initiatives connecting young adults to career opportunities.
- Economic Opportunity Program Provider: Organization or individual (e.g., community-based organization, microfinance lender, entrepreneurship incubator) seeking to promote economic opportunity and create jobs in under-resourced communities through microfinance, entrepreneurship programs, or other efforts (i.e., universal basic income initiatives), particularly for young adults disconnected from school and work and their communities.
- Employer: Business with entry-level jobs, training programs, and/or paid internship or apprenticeship opportunities suitable for young adults lacking a post-secondary degree and/or in the process of earning a high school diploma or GED.
- Community Leader: Elected official or other local leader in a Connecticut community who is leading partnerships to meet the needs of disengaged and disconnected young people (e.g., summer employment programs, job training programs, holistic youth development programming) and/or to address the conditions of poverty by creating jobs for young adults.
- Researcher: Expert with a demonstrated expertise in conducting research to better understand the root causes and/or potential solutions to challenges faced by disengaged and disconnected youth (ages 14 to 24) and/or under-resourced communities struggling to create jobs, including the evaluation of programs in the field and their benefit to society.
Respondents should provide a concise and appropriately detailed response by completing the RFI, which is intended to take a few hours to complete. Respondents must complete submissions by 11:59 PM EST on January 24, 2020.