As part of SCPa Works’ new strategy to better serve our out-of-school young adult population, we are excited to announce the release of our “Opportunity Youth Services” RFP.youthpainting2

Building on our recent Opportunity Youth Summit (in partnership with YES Philly and Jobs for the Future), this RFP outlines a strategy to provide seamless pathways to education and industry specific training, enabling youth to earn a degree and/or an industry-recognized certification in a high growth occupation.

Across the country, there are approximately 6.7 million young adults between the ages of 16-24 who are disconnected from educational programs and the labor market. Some have chronic challenges – they have never been in school or at work after the age of 16. Others are “marginally attached” – they have had some school or work experience beyond the age of 16, but have not progressed through post-secondary education or secured stable attachment to the labor force. The economic burden felt by Opportunity Youth is also felt by society at large: each costs society more than $1 million over the course of their lifetime, totaling $4.75 trillion in aggregate over the lifetime of this demographic.

Important dates for RFP:

Respondents’ Questions to SCPa Works:
December 21, 2015
Must be received at SCPa Works by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Bidders’ Conferences

January 6, 2016 10:00 a.m.
SCPa Works, 4201 Crums Mill Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112

January 7, 2016 10:00 a.m.
PA CareerLink® Lebanon County 243 Schneider Drive, Lebanon, PA 17046

January 8, 2016 10:00 a.m.
PA CareerLink® 600 Norland Ave, Suite 1, Chambersburg, PA 17201

Proposals Due:
February 12, 2016
Must be received at SCPa Works (electronically at by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time