The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is committed to developing a roster of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that will work with Seattle Public Schools to provide specialized mentoring programs. After a call for Request for Qualifications (RFQ), DEEL has selected 10 CBOs that will provide these services to historically marginalized populations, with a focus on young Black men and boys.
The goal of the RFQ was to find CBOs that were interested in developing culturally specific programs to foster healthy identity, provide cultural knowledge, and build academic success for Black/African American men and boys and/or other historically underserved groups.
The goal of the Family, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy is to ensure Seattle students have increased academic preparation, expanded learning opportunities, social-emotional skill building, and college and job readiness experiences that promote high school graduation. DEEL will be investing up to $300,000 in mentoring services and will facilitate sessions to align CBOs with schools that meet the mentoring services the school’s’ desire.
The programs that submitted RFQs are:
- El Centro de la Raza
- 4C Coalition
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound
- Project M.I.S.T.E.R.
- West African Community Council
- M.U.S.T. Mentoring
- Life Enrichment Group
- Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement
- Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
- ACE Academy
Each organization that presented RFQs were vetted by a panel that included youth representatives, staff from Seattle Public Schools, community organizations and DEEL staff. The panel scored each organization using criteria that included Cultural Competency and Responsiveness, Program Design, and Past Experience.