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RFP--Evaluation for Three Years, New Youth Recreation Programmmes, LAMP Community Health Centre

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline March 31, 2010

Contract 27 thousand dollars over 3 years

LAMP Community Health Centre is a multi-service, community based charitable organization that provides programs and services to improve the health and wellbeing of children, youth, families and individuals. LAMP was established over 30 years ago by the community and is governed by a community elected board of directors. LAMP is a leader in primary health care and health promotion using a model that focuses on a co-ordinated approach to keeping people healthy. By linking people to a wide range of services they need like counselling, information and referral, dental care, diabetes education, pre-natal and postnatal support, early child development, newcomer services, literacy help, volunteering etc. people can improve their quality of life. Partnerships are the foundation of LAMP's operations. Programs and services are offered with service providers like Toronto Public Health and dozens of other non profit organizations. By sharing resources, a more holistic and comprehensive professional care model is achieved.LAMP is also leader in youth led programming (REMIX, The South Etobicoke Youth Assembly, Street Level and RAY). LAMP opened its doors in 1976 and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, The City of Toronto, The United Way, The federal government and a wide range of foundations and corporate donations.

LAMP CHC requires a professional evaluation firm to conduct a yearly evaluation for three years on new recreational programs for youth. The evaluation is part of a Trillium grant that has recently been awarded to LAMP to expand sports and recreational programming in South and Central Etobicoke for youth and children. The project LEAD increases physical activity, improves capacity through Leadership development opportunities; provides a safe, supervised Environment (away from urban violence); increases Accessibility to hard to reach, diverse, children and youth, and, enhances the development of their skills through skill building training, practice, and demonstration. By providing a broader range of recreational experiences these participants will be more likely to engage in active living for life. Each year of the project will require an evaluation with youth involvement. The LEAD project will use recreation as a youth engagement tool to build protective factors and enhance resiliency.

LAMP will develop a model of innovative, high quality sports and recreational programs for youth and children that: provides greater accessibility to programs (ex. by removing barriers such as fees, providing activities in different locations; different streams of activities to reach different age groups and populations); promotes healthy youth and children through participation in physcial activities; invests in building children and youth's capacities (ex. through skill building activities, leadership development opportunties) and, engages youth and children (ex. through volunteer opportunities, youth and children's involvement in program planning, implementation and evaluation). Participants will include children and youth who are marginalized, at risk of victimization or at risk to become involved in activities that could lead to crime.

Proposals should include a detailed summary of evaluation work with youth programmes particularly around recreation and youth led projects. Previous experience in building particpatory evaluation systems, engaging youth and training youth to develop and carry out their own programme evaluations is the kind of evaluation we are looking for. Building skills and capacity in youth programming is a community development model of evaluation we would like to engage in. Another component of the evaluation is to introduce staff,volunteers and peer leaders to the purpose of evaluation and its importance to participant and programme success.

Proposals are to be submitted by 5:00 p.m., March 31, 2010.

For more information on this call for proposals please contact Jasmin Dooh at 416-252-6471 ext. 308..

Applicants should send their Proposals to Faye Worth, Human Resources, 185-Fifth Street, Etobicoke, ON M8V 2Z5. Fax: (416) 252-4474 or EMAIL [email protected]