YouthWorks Year-Round Program FY2017-18 Request for Proposals
Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce a competitive procurement for the YouthWorks Year-Round 2017-18 Program. The grants provide funding for workforce development programming that supports occupational training and subsidized job placements for young adults ages 15-21. Eligible applicants include youth-serving non-profit or community-based organizations and schools or vocational high schools, local Workforce Development Boards, and One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts.
The purpose of the YouthWorks program is to improve the employability of youth placed at risk by offering them structured work and learning opportunities through subsidized employment and supporting activities. The goal of the 2017-18 year-round program is to provide youth participants with short-term occupational skill building that can enhance their job seeking prospects.
Proposals must be submitted electronically to Commonwealth Corporation before September 29, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.
Bridging the Opportunity Gap (BOG) Initiative FY18 RFP
Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce a competitive procurement for the Bridging the Opportunity Gap (BOG) initiative – funding for workforce development programming that supports youth committed to the Department of Youth Services (DYS). This RFP solicits proposals from any youth-serving non-profit or community-based organization, including faith-based organizations, schools or vocational high schools, local Workforce Investment Boards, and One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts.
Proposals must implement the ‘BOG Tier Program Design’, which is explained in the materials listed below. BOG programming should consist of a progressive exposure to community and work environments that helps youth build specific work readiness skills and make informed career choices.
Proposals must be submitted to Commonwealth Corporation before June 9, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.
The following additional resources will be helpful to organizations that are considering submitting a proposal for a BOG grant award:
Click here to download the FY18 BOG Grantee Handbook, a guide for managing grant awards under the BOG program. The Handbook contains additional details and specifications for program operations.
Click here to download Empower Your Future: BOG Career Readiness Curriculum Guide – a resource of curriculum and workshop materials that can be used to support career awareness and exploration by DYS youth who participate in BOG programming.
Workforce Training Fund
Click here to apply for a grant from the Workforce Training Fund.