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Announcing Open Solicitation #2021-72: Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Community Youth Support & Engagement Program Hubs

Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Community Youth Support & Engagement Program Hubs

 

Montgomery County Community Youth Support & Engagement Program Hubs

Issue Date: February 18th, 2021

Deadline to Submit Questions: February 26th, 2021

Closing Date: March 12 , 2021

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. (the Collaboration Council), is a quasi-public non-profit organization and the Local Management Board for Montgomery County, Maryland. Further information about the Collaboration Council can be found at it’s web site www.collaborationcouncil.org.

The County recognizes that youth from low-income families face significant challenges as a result of the economic impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation arising from the need to prevent the spread of the virus. Continued distance learning in public schools and limited opportunities to congregate safely with peers, due to COVID-19 pandemic prevention measures, have increased feelings of alienation and isolation among young people a

nd has impacted engagement of students in school. The purpose of this funding is to increase accessibility to quality youth programs, focused on the positive development of and the academic, social-emotional, and overall well-being of the County’s students. Montgomery County Collaboration Council has been designated by the County to provide these program services as a pilot targeting the communities in the following MCPS Cluster areas: Gaithersburg, Wheaton, Paint Branch (East County-Downcounty Consortium) and Watkins Mill in partnership with MCPS and through the engagement of the youth serving provider community in contractual publicprivate partnerships. 2

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Announcing RE-ISSUE OPEN SOLICITATION #2019-68 Identifying Trainers/Facilitators for the Youth Development Community of Practice

Identifying Identifying Vendors for Trainers/Facilitators for the Youth Development Community of Practice

Issue Date: January 12, 2021

Deadline for Submitting Questions: January 19, 2021

Closing Date: February 2,2021 4 p.m.

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. (the Collaboration Council), is a quasi-public non-profit organization and the Local Management Board for Montgomery County, Maryland. The Collaboration Council’s mission is to improve the well-being of children, youth and families through collaborative partnerships. For information regarding the Montgomery County Collaboration, its initiatives and programs, visit our website at www.collaborationcouncil.org.

Community of Practice for Youth Development Practitioners

The Youth Development Community of Practice (YD CoP) of the Collaboration Council coordinates the training and education for youth development practitioners working in youth-serving fields such as workforce development, mentoring, and recreation. The practitioners we serve are those professionals working in out of school time programs, with disconnected youth, with homeless youth and with court-involved youth in Montgomery County. This request for proposals seeks to identify qualified trainers to deliver live or developed webinars or workshops to the YD CoP. The content and activities of each webinar must include principles and practices that supports/aligns with youth development philosophy, social emotional learning, and cultural linguistics. Facilitators are encouraged to submit webinar topics relevant to youth development practitioners, specifically webinars that increase practitioners understanding of: • Youth Development practices for Programming Equity and Inclusion • Best Practices to support youth experiencing homelessness and disconnection from supports and opportunities • Virtual Strategies and practices to build healthy relationships with youth program participants • Program Strategies that support youth coping with pandemic disruptions All approved webinars will be recorded and archived on Youthdevelopmentnow.org for future use by practitioners in Montgomery County. Qualified trainers may submit multiple proposals for separate topics, or submit a proposal for multiple session trainings.

CoP Open Solicitation Proposal Information

The Collaboration Council seeks proposals from organizations and qualified individuals with experience using adult learning principles to facilitate online webinars. CoP webinars are expected to be 60-90 minutes in length, facilitated using adult learning and engagement principles, and support the youth development philosophy. We will be accepting proposals for live facilitated webinars as well as permissions to share previously recorded webinars. Each proposed webinar must contain original content that the facilitator can document has been previously delivered by them, either in person or via webinar. The maximum compensation for each live facilitated webinar will be $450. In the proposal, each webinar must include:

1. An agenda with specific and clear objectives

  • 2. A minimum of 2 participant engagement opportunities
  • 3. Content with the most up to date research
  • 4. Be a minimum of 60 mins and no more than 90 minutes
  • 5. A poll for participant feedback and facilitator comments (Live Webinars Only)
  • 6. Youth development principles
  • 7. Adult learning and engagement principles
  • 8. Sharable materials for participants to take away as resources

    Full information and application here

  • Ten Montgomery County Public Libraries Offer Free Outdoor Public Wi-Fi

    For Immediate Release: Monday, January 11, 2021

    Montgomery County has leveraged federal COVID-19 funding to install outdoor public Wi-Fi at 10 Public Library (MCPL) locations: Aspen Hill, Davis (N. Bethesda), Gaithersburg, Germantown, Maggie Nightingale (Poolesville)Marilyn Praisner (Burtonsville), Rockville Memorial, Twinbrook, Wheaton, and White Oak branches; and in front of the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza.

    This free service is available 24 hours a day in parking lots adjacent to the library buildings. Additional coverage is provided in grass area behind the Davis branch, in the park from the library to the playground area at Wheaton, and in the Rockville Town Square.  Wi-Fi coverage varies by location.  Customers are advised to follow COVID-19 safety recommendations and are required to adhere to executive orders and Health Officer directives when using the services.

     “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought greater awareness of the impacts of the widening digital disparity, which often deprives community members of opportunities to participate in important daily-life activities such as remote learning, accessing workforce development and employment information or staying up-to-date on news and information,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “The work of MCPL and the Department of Technology Services (DTS) to secure funding to provide Wi-Fi availability for outside use at 11 County facilities is another step in working to ensure that all community members have equitable access to reliable connectivity.”

    “Outdoor public Wi-Fi will provide more places for people without home Wi-Fi to access the Libraries’ early literacy, education, workforce development and health and wellness information and the robust digital programs and services,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo.

    MCPL and the Department of Technology Services (DTS) applied for but were not awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services federal COVID-19 grant.  DTS then worked to leverage other federal CARES Act COVID-19 grant funding to install the free outdoor Wi-Fi access. 

    “With the support of the County’s Chief Administrative Officer, we thought strategically about how we could leverage remaining federal COVID-19 funding to help families and small businesses respond to COVID-19,” said Montgomery County Chief Information Officer and Director of DTS Gail M. Roper. “Internet is essential during the pandemic and DTS is proud to work with MCPL to find ways to expand internet access for those that do not have it at home. I am also pleased that the Poolesville branch was selected to support small business owners and will also provide more internet access for rural Montgomery County.” 

    The 10 library branches were chosen by analyzing U.S. Census and MCPL data.  Seven library branches were selected by mapping Census data neighborhoods with lower incomes and households without home internet. The Pew Research Center for Internet & Technology reported that as of 2019, 18 percent of adults with incomes less than $30,000 do not have home internet access, compared to only 2 percent of adults with incomes greater than $75,000, and 85 percent and 86 percent  of Black and Hispanic adults use the internet compared to 92 percent of White adults.  Median per capita income in the Census Block Groups served by the 7 libraries is $35,372 and the population is 27 percent Black and 28 percent Hispanic. Three additional locations (Davis, Rockville and Wheaton Regional) were selected because prior to the pandemic they had greater participation in MCPL small business programs.

    “Small business owners who relied on MCPL indoor Wi-Fi to run their businesses asked the County for help and we were glad to assist them,” said Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Small Economic Development Jerome Fletcher.  “Small businesses are critical to County’s economy recovery and more outdoor public Wi-Fi is another way the County is offering relief to small businesses.” 

    For more information about the outdoor Wi-Fi services contact MCPL Assistant Director James Donaldson at James.Donaldson@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-0030.

    For more information about the County’s digital equity initiatives contact ultraMontgomery Director Mitsuko Herrera at Mitsuko.Herrera@montgmerycountymd.gov or 240-777-2928.   


    Release ID: 21-020

    La Iniciativa Deportiva Juvenil COVID-19 del Condado de Montgomery

    OS #2021-71 Descripción:

    SOLICITUD ABIERTA # 2021-71 PRIMERA ENMIENDA : Identificación de proveedores para la iniciativa deportiva juvenil COVID-19 del condado de Montgomery

    Fecha de reedición: 4 de diciembre de 2020

    Fecha límite para enviar preguntas: martes 8 de diciembre de 2020

    Fecha de cierre: lunes 14 de diciembre de 2020 5:00 P.M

    Para obtener detalles completos y cómo enviar su carta de interés con la portada revisada, haga clic aquí Para descargar la portada revisada, haga clic aquí  

    Announcing Open Solicitation #2021-71 Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Youth Sports Initiative

    Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Youth Sports Initiative

      Issue Date: December 4,  2020

    Deadline to Submit Questions Date: December 8,  2020

    Closing Date:  Monday December 17, 2020

    The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. (the Collaboration Council), is a quasi-public non-profit organization and the Local Management Board for Montgomery County, Maryland. Further information about the Collaboration Council can be found at it’s web site www.collaborationcouncil.org.

    The County recognizes the need to provide youth sports in Montgomery County. Youth sports have significant social and wellness benefits to participants. In addition to promoting mental and physical health and activity, youth sports help develop confidence, keep youth engaged in productive activities, and help to teach team building and goal setting objectives.

    An extensive body of research shows that physical activity has numerous and significant health, cognitive and academic benefits for children and adolescents. Yet, only about a quarter of children in the United States did the recommended daily 60 minutes physical activity in 2016. Children who play sports are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines compared with their peers. However, survey data show that the percentage of children under age 12 who played team sports “regularly” has declined in recent years, from 42% in 2011 to 38% in 2018. Data also show wide disparities in youth sports participation by family income, gender, and race and ethnicity.

    The purpose of this funding is to increase the availability of youth sport services by supporting youth sports organizations through a grant process, to provide positive, structured activities for children who would otherwise lack access to these services that support their healthy development.

    For complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest with Cover Page   Click here to download the Cover Page

     

    Excel Beyond the Bell Goes Digital!

    The Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB) Collaborative is now offering Online & Offline activities to keep the fun and learning going! The question has been asked, ‘what happens when out of school time is all the time?’
    We are proud to announce that many of the organizations that partner to bring EBB to our Montgomery County school buildings, have partnered to help answer this question. The Collaboration Council is proud to coordinate this in support of youth and families as a part of our mission. How to Access Resources:
    Our ultimate goal is to bring EBB fun wherever our youth are in the most accessible way! Please visit www.excelbeyondthebell.org on Mondays for weekly postings of resources including:
    • • Experiments • Projects • Creative ideas • Live activity links • SEL Resources
    We hope that these activities will help keep our youth and their families moving, thinking, growing and having fun together. We also invite families to take a minute to visit www.infomontgomery.org to find even more information and resources during this time.
    Supporting you as you “Stay Safe and Stay Home”
    -The Excel Beyond the Bell Collaborative

    View Available Resources Here!

    Parent Academy Offering Resources, Webinars to Families

    Parent Academy Offering Resources, Webinars to Families

    The MCPS Parent Academy has canceled its spring 2020 workshops, however, plans are in the works to create a series of Parent Academy To-Go videos that families can watch at home. Stay updated by frequently checking the Parent Academy website.

    This website also has links to webinars and resources available to help families. These resources, offered by the Parent Encouragement Program and Common Sense, are:

    Announcing OPEN SOLICITATION #2019-68 Identifying Trainers/Facilitators for the Youth Development Community of Practice

    Identifying Identifying Vendors for Trainers/Facilitators for the Youth Development Community of Practice

    Issue Date: September 12, 2019

    Deadline for Submitting Questions: September 20, 2019

    Closing Date: October 4, 2019 4 p.m.

    The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. (the Collaboration Council), is a quasi-public non-profit organization and the Local Management Board for Montgomery County, Maryland. The Collaboration Council’s mission is to improve the well-being of children, youth and families through collaborative partnerships. For information regarding the Montgomery County Collaboration, its initiatives and programs, visit our website at www.collaborationcouncil.org.

    Community of Practice for Youth Development Practitioners

    The Community of Practice (CoP) of the Collaboration Council coordinates the training and education/academic programs for youth development practitioners working in youth-serving fields such as workforce development, mentoring, recreation, and transition age youth ages 16-24. This solicitation seeks to identify qualified trainers to deliver workshops, webinars, and certification training programs with content that supports/aligns with youth development principles, social emotional learning, and cultural linguistics. The topics included in this open solicitation were identified through written feedback from practitioners and supervisors attending CoP workshops and the annual Youth Development and Mentoring Symposium.

    CoP Open Solicitation Proposal Information

    The Collaboration Council seeks proposals from organizations and qualified individuals with experience using adult learning principles to facilitate workshops and webinars. CoP workshops programs are 3-4 hours in length, facilitated using adult learning principles and support the principles of youth development. In the proposal, each workshop and webinar description must include:

    • Content with the most up to date research
    •  Interactive group learning experiences
    • Youth development principles
    • An agenda
    • A complete list of participant materials

    Click here for complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest

    Announcing Open Solicitation #2019-66 Identifying Vendors for Excel Beyond the Bell Out-of-School-Time Programs

    Identifying Identifying Vendors for Excel Beyond the Bell Out-of-School-Time Programs

    Issue Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    Closing Date: : Monday, August 19, 2019, 2:00 PM

    The Collaboration Council leads Excel Beyond the Bell (EBB), the County’s initiative to create a local out-of-school time (OST) system that will increase the number of quality programs promoting positive youth development, especially in our most vulnerable communities, that will inspire children and youth to achieve their full potential (see www.excelbeyondthebell.org for more information).

    Excel Beyond the Bell Middle School Program

    As part of this initiative, a three-year out-of-school time pilot was created in partnership with the Montgomery County Recreation Department (MCRD) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). In its first year, EBB programs were located at Argyle Middle School in Wheaton, Roberto Clemente in Germantown, and A. Marion Loiederman in Silver Spring. EBB school sites have expanded to include Francis Scott Key in Silver Spring, Forest Oak in Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village in Montgomery Village, Neelsville in Germantown, and Col. E. Brooke Lee in Silver Spring.

    The Collaboration Council seeks Letters of Interest from organizations and qualified individuals to serve as a pre-approved pool of potential out-of-school time vendors to serve middle school students at a particular school or schools within the Excel Beyond the Bell Middle School out-of-school time system. Vendors are strongly encouraged to consider operating at more than one location.

    Click here for complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest

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