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Request for Proposal for Youth Development, Speaking Coach (Consultant)

The Stevens Initiative is seeking an external consultant to prepare program alumni to share about their experience at a public event.

Contact: Kyle Kastler, Kyle.Kastler@aspeninstitute.org

RFP Issue Date: January 22, 2020

Proposal Deadline:  February 5, 2020

Stevens Initiative Background

The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning. The Initiative was created as a lasting tribute to the legacy of Ambassador Chris Stevens. The Initiative advocates for virtual exchange as a means to build global competency skills, including the capacity to work with people from other backgrounds, digital literacy, problem-solving, and language skills. These skills will prepare young people to participate in the global economy. The Initiative aims to increase empathy for people from other backgrounds; to improve engagement; and to reduce conflict for future generations. Virtual exchange can significantly increase these skills and enable attitude shifts in a manner that is cost-effective, scalable, and uniquely capable of reaching populations that are not otherwise reached by in-person exchange programs.

The Initiative is housed at the Aspen Institute and is a collaboration between the family of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Department of State, the Bezos Family Foundation, the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, among other public and private partners.

More information about the Stevens Initiative can be found here: www.stevensinitiative.org

Event Background

At a time when global learning and connections are critical in an increasingly connected world, it is vital to provide young people with more opportunities to engage with their peers around the world. Virtual exchange prepares youth to be active citizens, develops professional skills, and serves as a tool for educators to meet important learning goals.

During the 2020 Virtual Exchange Forum, attendees will learn more about virtual exchange and experience firsthand the power of this innovative global education opportunity. Attendees will hear from educators, program implementers, and alumni and will participate in a simulated virtual exchange to better understand how virtual exchange can impact young people in their communities.

Project Goals and Deliverables

  • The consultant will work with Stevens Initiative staff and four selected program alumni to develop three- to four-minute “Youth Voices” speeches (elevator pitches/impact sharing) about their virtual exchange experience, highlighting the impact it has had on them professionally or personally.
  • The consultant will participate in an initial level-setting call and multiple check-in calls with the Stevens Initiative team, the exact number of calls to be determined with Initiative Staff.
  • The consultant will prepare training curriculum and will conduct several individual prep calls (minimum of three) with each of the four alumni, guiding them through the speech writing and practice process.
  • The consultant will join the Stevens Initiative at their office in Washington, DC on April 15, 2020 to support alumni in final prep immediately prior to the event. The consultant should plan to help prepare alumni in-person for a total of 4-8 hours on April 14 and April 15, 2020 (hours spread across both days).

Proposal Requirements

The proposal should include:

  • Your resume and two references, including one past client with a portfolio or program similar to ours.
  • A description of your approach and process to teaching, coaching, or working with youth, especially in public speaking and storytelling.
  • Two descriptions of prior work on similar projects, including videos or recordings of previous clients’ presentations if available.
  • A detailed timeline with specific steps, deliverables, and deadlines for the completion of the project. It should list the amount of time that will be needed for each component of the project, including calls with the Stevens Initiative team and alumni and your presence at the event. An approximate project start date of March 2, 2020 would be appropriate for the timeline.
  • A budget detailing all costs, including the hourly rate for the expected number of hours in the timeline. The budget should also include all travel expenses (using the Federal per diem rate for Washington, DC) necessary for your presence at the event.
  • Your method of billing for work completed.

Applying and More Information

Please submit your proposal to Kyle.Kastler@aspeninstitute.org no later than 5:00pm ET on February 5, 2020.

For more information about the Stevens Initiative or this call for proposals, see https://www.stevensinitiative.org/ or email Kyle.Kastler@aspeninstitute.org.

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