DFSS Youth Services SYEP RFP

January 12, 2022

City of Chicago

Department of Family and Support Services

Legal Advertisement Request Form


DESCRIPTION:  Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), Youth Services

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) RFP


PDF Download DFSS Youth Services SYEP RFP Final 

The Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) seeks to fund agencies who have experience in implementing subsidized youth employment programs, internships, or specialized training programs for young people ages 16-24 in Chicago.  The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) RFP seeks to provide youth employment to young people by exposing them to various public and private sector industries, employment placement, building financial capabilities, and training to help young people increase their self-efficacy, and gain work experiences and skills needed to succeed in today's and future economy. Ultimately, we are seeking to increase young people’s income, and develop their 21st century skills. 

The SYEP Program is delivered during the summer by providing youth with job placement or specialized training program offered by the awarded respondent. DFSS will subsidize youth wages at $15 per hour for an allocation of 120 hours focused on attaining work experiences and developing their 21st century skills.

DFSS anticipates funding approximately 79 applications within the range of $135,988 - $815,928 per contract per year. DFSS budgets $135,988 for a minimum of 50 youth and 2 youth coordinators or 2 instructors. Should Respondents apply for more than the minimum 50 youth, they can plan to increase their budget in increments of approximately $67,994 for each additional increment of 25 youth and 1 youth coordinator or 1 instructor. 

The term of contract(s) executed under this RFP will be from April 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023. Based on need, availability of funds and contractor performance, DFSS may extend this term for one additional year.

For more information, please refer to the application posted on the City of Chicago’s eProcurement page: https://eprocurement.cityofchicago.org/OA_HTML/OA.jsp?OAFunc=PON_ABSTRACT_PAGE&PON_NEGOTIATION_STATUS=ACTIVE 

A note about the City’s eProcurement System:

For those who have not done business with the City of Chicago before, registration in iSupplier is the first step to ensuring your agency’s ability to conduct business with the City of Chicago and DFSS. Please allow five to seven days for your registration to be processed. 

Current contractors need only to start an application via their existing iSupplier/eProcurement account. 

All vendors must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and an IRS W9 for registration and confirmation of vendor business information. 


February 24, 2021

 12:00, NOON CST

Proposals must be submitted via on-line application.

E-mailed or faxed proposals will not be accepted.



A Pre-Proposal Webinar will be held on January 19 2021, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Attendance is not mandatory but is advised. 

Please register prior to the webinar’s start using this link:


A link to the completed Webinar will be available on-line at the DFSS website after the time and date listed above for those who cannot attend at the live scheduled time. Please register prior to the Webinar’s start. The purpose of this pre-submittal event is to clarify the RFP process and the scope of the required services. Attendance is not mandatory, but it is strongly suggested that interested applicants attend. 

PDF Download DFSS Youth Services SYEP RFP Final

PDF 2022 SYEP DFSS Applicant Webinar Final

DFSS Youth Services Summer Youth Employment Program SYEP Applicant RFP Webinar


Brandie V. Knazze  

Lori E. Lightfoot



Department of Family and Support Services  

City of Chicago

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