$10 Million in ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF)

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NOTE: This program is in Phase II of the City's two-phased strategy.

On February 3, 2022, the City Council allocated $10 million for Youth, and they designated the Economic & Workforce Development Committee (EWDC) to oversee the implementation planning for this category.

This funding provides support to youth serving organizations for services that support enhanced education and workforce pathways through a combined competitive process. The implementation plan was approved by EWDC on June 24, 2022, and the City Council on August 18, 2022.

Spending Framework

The spending plan provides programming support to non-profits to:

  • Serve youth to address decreased education and career opportunities
  • Provide higher education and workforce training
  • Enhance access to STEM & STEAM
  • Provide enrichment to support school readiness and long-term success

Original Implementation Plan(PDF, 118KB)

The following table summarizes the implementation plan for Youth programs and reflects adjustments to address COVID-19 impacts, for a total investment in this area of $10.4 million.

Youth Services (Programming Support)

COVID-19 Impact Programs / Strategies Equitable Outcomes Amount
Decrease in youth involvement Set aside $100,000 for the San Antonio Youth Commission to evaluate and develop funding recommendations to address youth needs.
  • Amplify youth voice through participation in civic process
  • Ensure funded programs meet the needs of youth impacted by COVID-19
Lack of education and career opportunities for youth transitioning out of or at risk for gang involvement


  • Support mentorship and internship programs coupled with specialized case management support
  • Fund second chance employment programs to connect youth transitioning out of or at risk of gang involvement
  • Create coaching and mentoring supports for youth entering skills training or the workforce for the first time
  • Increase diverse education pathways, including secondary education, for disengaged youth
Develop targeted prevention programs that offer positive pathways for education & employment opportunities


Lack of higher education, workforce training, and supportive services for youth who are aging out of the foster care system
  • Create access to individualized education and workforce counseling and planning for youth aging out of the foster care system
  • Expand support and wrap around services for foster youth who are working towards their education and workforce goals
  • Provide paid internship and apprenticeship opportunities to support workforce readiness and specialized skill development


  • Improve access to basic services including housing, education supports, and coaching to support attainment of education and career goals
  • Increase foster youth participation in City and City funded programs
  • Increase college enrollment
$1.76 Million
Increase in number of Opportunity Youth and Homeless Youth
  • Expand existing Opportunity Youth programs that focus on education and workforce readiness
  • Provide supports to address barriers to education and workforce attainment
  • Provide incentives for participation and retention in education and internship/ apprenticeship
  • Provide paid internship and apprenticeship opportunities to support workforce readiness
  • Increase the number of opportunity youth connected to education and employment opportunities
  • Decrease youth experiencing homelessness
$3.32 Million
Decrease in access to STEM, STEAM, and other enrichment activities for youth to support school readiness and long-term success
  • Increase access to high quality After School and Summer Programs that incorporate STEM, STEAM, and education/ career exploration activities
  • Provide transportation support to programs to support student attendance who have a transportation barrier


  • Expand and enhance high quality out-of-school opportunities focused on academic loss, developmental relationships, and enrichment activities
  • Decrease staff to student ratios


$4.5 Million
Total $10.43 Million

Request for Proposals (RFPs)

RFP #1 Timeline

  • Sept. 6 and 8, 2022: Training and technical assistance workshops.
  • Sept. 9, 2022: RFP opened.
  • Sept. 16, 2022: RFP pre-submittal conference.
  • Sept. 18 and 19, 2022: Additional training and technical assistance workshops.
  • Oct. 28, 2022: RFP closed.
  • Nov. - Dec. 2022: RFP evaluation and scoring of responses.
  • Jan. 26, 2023: Post solicitation briefing to City Council.
  • Feb. 2, 2023: City Council approval.
  • March 2023: Two-year contracts began.

RFP #2 Timeline

  • March 13, 2023: RFP opened.
  • March 23, 2023: RFP pre-submittal conference.
  • March 28, 2023: Training and technical sessions.
  • April 27, 2023: RFP closed.
  • May 5 - May 10, 2023: RFP evaluation and scoring.
  • June 2023: Post-Solicitation approval by City Council.
  • Aug. 2023: Two-year contracts began.

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