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RFQ: Facilitator

School’s Out Washington (SOWA), is seeking a consultant to provide facilitation for an in-depth planning process for developing the King County Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Out-of-School Time (OST) strategy and to inform the Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Agency Overview

SOWA’s mission is to provide services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. SOWA does not work directly with youth, but through an array of services strengthens programs to empower Washington’s children and youth ages 5 to young adulthood. As the leading OST intermediary organization in Washington State, SOWA is uniquely qualified to provide administrative oversight for the BSK Quality OST investment, including the grantmaking process and the provision of quality supports.

Goals for Planning

The King County Best Starts for Kids (BSK) levy will invest more than $129 million in student’s ages 5-24 years over the next five years. Increasing access to quality out-of-school time programs is a key strategy to address the approach of building resiliency of youth and reducing risky behaviors. In order to maximize the potential for success, it is essential that this effort be driven and informed by a broad representation of the community.  This will require an intensive community planning process.  The outcome for the planning process will be to develop the OST strategy and inform the RFP processes for awarding grants to community partners. 

Timeline for Planning Process: April 2017 – June 2017

Scope of work

Facilitate Community Convenings


  • Facilitate 4 convenings of community partners and stakeholders in order to: (a) develop the OST strategy, the programmatic approach, and the theory of change, and (b) to gather input that will inform the RFP processes for awarding OST grants to community partners.
  • Work in collaboration with SOWA staff and consultations to plan convenings.
  • Provide agendas and develop materials for the convenings.
  • Document the community planning process.


Required qualifications

Total cost for the project will not exceed $10,000.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should provide a written response in no more than 2 pages which includes:

Email response to Mari Offenbecher (moffen@schoolsoutwashington.org) no later than Wednesday, April 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

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