Culturally Specific and Responsive Mentoring

***Thank you for your patience as we work through our decision-making process, which is taking longer than anticipated. We expect to notify all applicants in October.***     


The purpose of the Culturally Specific and Responsive (CSR) - Mentoring Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to solicit competitive proposals from qualified community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide culturally-anchored and responsive mentoring services and supports for the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy.

 The FEPP Levy is a voter-approved seven-year, $619 million property tax levy to "replace two expiring levies and initially fund expanded early learning and preschool, college and K-12 education support, K-12 student health, and job readiness opportunities."The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is responsible for administering the FEPP Levy, including stewardship of public funds, authentic community engagement, and accountability to achieve results.  

This RFQ falls within the FEPP Levy K-12 School and Community-Based investment area and is intended to advance the goals of Our Best, a racial equity project of the City of Seattle aimed at improving life outcomes for young Black/African-American men and boys.

This RFQ is an opportunity to leverage culturally responsive programming and curriculum at four Levy-funded schools to foster healthy identity, provide cultural knowledge, and build academic success for Black/African-American men and boys and/or other historically underserved groups.

Overall, K-12 FEPP Levy investments seek 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. 


Phase 1: Application Development & Submission

RFQ Application Opens Monday, July 1, 2019
Webinar Informational (Session 1)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

In-person Informational (Session 2)

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

2100 Building (Art Room) - 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

In-person Informational (Session 3)

UPDATED DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Columbia Branch Library -4721 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

*previously scheduled for July 25

RFQ Application Due Date Friday August 9, 2019
Phase 2: Evaluation
Application Reviewed and Scored by Panel August 16, 2019
CBO Interviews and Site Visits (optional) TBD
Notification to All Applicants Early September

RFQ in Word: Download
RFQ in PDF: Download
Frequently asked questions (FAQ): Click here
Information Session Presentation: Click here

Presentation PDF
How and where to submit:
By Email ( [Organization Name] - CSR Mentoring RFQ

By Mail:

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

CSR Mentoring RFQ

PO Box 94665

Seattle, WA 98124-6965

By Hand:

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

CRS Mentoring RFQ

Seattle Municipal Tower

700 5th Ave, Floor 17Seattle, WA 98104

Email Subject: Question_ CSR Mentoring RFQ
Please email:   

Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900

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