City Seeking Proposals for Denver Youth Employment Program

Published on November 08, 2021

DENVER - Denver Economic Development & Opportunity  (DEDO) plans to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) on November 12, 2021 for a range of youth-related workforce development initiatives managed by Denver Workforce Services, a division of DEDO.

In this procurement, DEDO is seeking proposals from organizations that can recruit out-of-school or disconnected youth, provide pre-employment training and support and coordinate various work-related experiences to help the youth explore potential career opportunities. Out-of-school or disconnected youth are generally defined as people ages 16-24 who are (or were) entitled to a free public education in Colorado but lack a secondary school credential or its equivalent, are not currently enrolled in a K-12 institution, and may be unemployed or underemployed.

The RFP seeks providers serving youth who are basic skills deficient, English language learners, subject to the juvenile or adult justice system, runaway and/or experiencing homelessness, in or aged out of foster care, pregnant or parenting, living with disabilities, or low income.

Services and programs will be funded entirely through Denver’s annual allocation from the U.S. Department of Labor and Employment under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA).

A virtual pre-bid conference will be held for applicants on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. The deadline for completed proposals is 4 p.m. on Monday, December 13, 2021.

All details will be posted November 12, 2021 on DEDO's Funding Opportunities page.


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