Serving Youth in Boone and Winnebago Counties of Northern Illinois
Program Year 2022 (7/1/2022 – 6/30/2023)

The Workforce Connection Inc. (TWC) announces the release of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
funding to an eligible organization or a consortium of eligible entities providing young adults ages 16 -24 (out-of-school) and 14-21 (in-school) workforce development services in Boone and Winnebago Counties.


The purpose of this request for proposal (RFP) is to identify and fund an organization that will design and implement innovative programming and comprehensive training and education services that will result in youth participants achieving employment and academic success. Services should be delivered year-round to eligible Boone and Winnebago county youth. WIOA youth programming is designed to assist in-school and out-of-school youth address one or more barriers to
employment, preparing youth for post-secondary and employment opportunities, attain educational and/or skill secure credentials, and secure employment with promotional opportunities.

Many jobs requiring skilled training go unfilled because employers can’t find the talent they need. The overall goal of
the youth Elevate program is to address the job specific skills gaps of youth in Boone and Winnebago Counties. The
Workforce Connection is committed to implementing programs which produce a work ready candidate for local

To be considered for funding, providers must place an emphasis on work experience and credential/skill attainment that
will improve the employment success of youth enrolled in the program. Providers must ensure that at least 20% of
allocated funds be spent on work-based learning opportunities for youth. Work experience and skills training must
focus on the demands of local employers, especially in high growth industries and occupations identified in the
regional workforce plan.

TWC is seeking an organization or consortium that provides employment and educational opportunities to young adults
ages 16 -24 (out of school) and 14-21 (in-school) who are disconnected from school or work and can provide, both in-school and out-of-school youth, with easy access to a comprehensive and integrated set of training and education
supports that increases the number of young adults that productively engage in the workforce.
Note: If a consortium is responding to this RFP, a lead organization must be identified as the sub-award entity for
contracting purposes. WIOA discusses separation of duties in 20 CFR 679.430. There must be clear separation of
duties that demonstrate internal controls and prevent conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest.


No releases at this time.

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