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Request for Proposals: LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit

Egale’s LGBTQ2S Youth Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Toolkit

About Egale

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) is Canada’s only national charity promoting human rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity through research, education and community engagement. Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and all other forms of oppression, so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.

In support of our mission and vision, Egale leads numerous national projects:

  • Safer and Accepting Schools: Empowering students, parents and educators to form peer networks and establish LGBTQ2S safer spaces in schools, Egale has delivered professional development workshops to over 10,000 teachers and educators.
  • LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide Prevention Summit: Egale has twice hosted Canada’s LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide Prevention Summit, gathering experts and community members from across North America to talk about LGBTQ2S youth suicide, to share best practices and to advance strategies for the creation and implementation of concrete recommendations.
  • Egale Youth OUTReach: LGBTQ2S youth are overrepresented in the homeless population, with over 20% of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ2S, compared to 3.5% of the general population. Many LGBTQ2S youth report feeling unsafe or being re-victimized in the current shelter system. Egale operates a crisis intervention and housing support centre for LGBTQ2S youth in order to mitigate these challenges.

Background

In 2012, Egale hosted Canada’s first national LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide Prevention Summit, which brought together over 50 experts, including healthcare policymakers, social workers, LGBTQ2S community members and aboriginal service providers, and culminated in the drafting of 20 recommendations to prevent suicide among LGBTQ2S youth. Egale is currently undertaking a project to implement Recommendation #18, which calls for the development and dissemination of an LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit. The Toolkit will be based on research and best/promising practices, and will raise awareness among service providers and support networks (e.g. social workers, educators, guidance counselors, parents, peers, health care professionals, shelter workers, etc.) of the unique experiences and mental health struggles of LGBTQ2S youth while providing concrete tools for prevention, intervention and post-vention care. The Toolkit will pay particular attention to trans and Two Spirit aboriginal youth, whose risk of suicidal ideation and behaviour is elevated in relation to that of the LGB community.

Scope of Work / Deliverables

Egale is seeking a qualified contractor (or contractors) to develop content for the LGBTQ2S Youth Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Toolkit. Under the direction of Egale’s Director of Research, Policy and Development, the selected contractor(s) will…

  1. Conduct an environmental scan and provide an overview of existing resources relating to youth mental health promotion and suicide prevention, particularly where LGBTQ2S identities and experiences have been included in meaningful ways;
  1. Develop and facilitate a community-based consultation process, to ensure meaningful input from partner organizations (e.g. Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre), leading experts and community members (e.g. LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide Prevention Summit Participants) and youth;
  1. Based on information gathered through the above processes, develop content for an LGBTQ2S Youth Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Toolkit that…
    • Reflects the voices and experiences of the full diversity of Canada’s LGBTQ2S communities;
    • Is grounded in anti-racist / anti-oppressive practice;
    • Is both evidence-based and inclusive of best/promising practices, balancing both academic and experiential knowledge;
    • Integrates a particular emphasis on the needs and experiences of trans and Two Spirit youth;
    • Is designed to meet the discrete needs of specific service providers and support networks (g. social workers, educators, guidance counselors, parents, peers, health care professionals, shelter workers, etc.).

The successful contractor(s) will not be responsible for creative design, layout, printing or dissemination of the final product.

Term of Contract

The successful contractor(s) will be notified by 30 January 2015. A full draft of all deliverables is to be submitted for review by 13 March 2015. Final copies of all deliverables are to be completed by 23 March 2015.

Submission Process

Interested applicants are to submit a proposal that includes the following:

  1. A cover letter and curriculum vitae (in a single pdf document), highlighting significant and relevant professional experience in and/or knowledge of:
    1. Mental health promotion and suicide prevention;
    2. Community-based research and consultation processes;
    3. LGBTQ2S communities and LGBTQ2S human rights and inclusion more generally;
    4. Intersectionality and anti-racist/anti-oppressive (ARAO) practice;
    5. Resource development and adult learning principles and concepts;
    6. Consulting in a not-for-profit organization.
  2. A proposed work plan based on the stated scope of work and deliverables, including a timeline for activities.
  3. A preliminary budget, including an estimate of the number of days and all associated costs to complete the work, not to exceed $25,000, inclusive of HST.
  4. A sample of similar work.
  5. Three professional references.

Proposals are to be submitted by email in pdf form to rdyck[at]egale.ca by 5:00 PM on Friday, 23 January 2015. Cover letters and inquiries should be address to:

D. Ryan Dyck
Director of Research, Policy and Development
Egale Canada Human Rights Trust
185 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON M5A 2K7
416-964-7887 ext. 7201
rdyck[at]egale.ca

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Note: This RFP does not guarantee or commit Egale to proceeding with the above described work. Egale reserves the right to not award a contract if none of the proposals received meet the minimum requirements or do not, in its opinion, represent acceptable value.

Employment Equity and Diversity

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is committed to ensuring that members of traditionally marginalized groups, from a broad range of communities, feel empowered to apply for positions and contracts with the organization. We encourage qualified applicants to consider work and volunteer opportunities with Egale as we recognize that a diverse work force and volunteer base are critical to accomplishing our mission. The organization is dedicated to taking proactive steps to overcome historical patterns of discrimination in our society which have created barriers of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, language, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression for some individuals and have resulted in the denial of their full participation in society.