The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative was launched by President Barack Obama to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. The Pittsburgh-Allegheny County version of MBK is committed to ensuring that young people of color in the Pittsburgh region achieve academic proficiency in skills that prepare them for local economic opportunities so that all residents of the region, especially young men of color, are able to benefit from the region’s growth.
With support from the Heinz Endowments, The Sprout Fund is joining the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to launch the MBK Digital Literacy Pathways to Employment Project that will develop a community plan, fund pilot implementation projects, and build the capacity of youth-serving organizations to provide technological, social, and academic learning opportunities that help young people of color secure future employment.
The overall goals of the project are to:
- Increase equity and access to educational opportunities that cultivate digital literacy skills connected to future employment for historically disadvantaged populations.
- Cultivate a community of practice among educators and youth workers so that they can deliver relevant programming and high-quality instruction to young people of color.
- Empower local My Brother’s Keeper staff necessary to coordinate all the activities related to the achieving the goals laid out in the My Brother’s Keeper Playbook.
Requests for Proposal
To build the team that will support this work over the next year, The Sprout Fund has issued two Requests for Proposals:
- Community & Stakeholder Planning Consultant to design and lead the community and stakeholder planning process and to prepare the initial recommendations that result from these discussions.
- Project Manager to provide the ongoing project management for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and act as a liaison between and coordinator of participating organizations, including the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
Proposals are due Friday, August 5, 2016 by 5:00pm EDT via email to Ani Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sprout encourages organizations planning to apply to thoroughly review the MBK Playbook, and contact Ani Martinez prior to beginning proposal development. Please click the RFP titles above to download the PDF documents with further details and specific application instructions.