NYS PROMISE is a research project for 2,000 families in New York State with 14-16 year old teens who receive Supplemental Social Security income (SSI). The goal of the NYS PROMISE project is to explore the best ways to help kids with disabilities receiving SSI successfully transition from high school to adulthood. NYS PROMISE began October 1, 2013 and will continue until September 30, 2018.
NYS PROMISE is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is a partnership of New York State agencies and Cornell University. The goal of the project is to identify the best ways to support teens who receive SSI in achieving their full living, learning and earning potential.
NYS PROMISE provides extra services for 1,000 intervention group students and families throughout Western New York, the Capital Region, and New York City. An additional 1,000 control group students and families receive the transition services they are eligible for through their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and participate in occasional surveys to check in on how they are doing with preparing for adulthood.
Shamel is 18 years-old and attends Voyages South High School in Queens. He's a go-getter and is settling in a career path thanks to New York State PROMISE. While Shamel is in a positive place now, more than a year ago this was not the case. He had a medical condition from a car accident. As a result he missed a lot of school and was not going to be able to graduate. In the first of this two part series, we see how PROMISE Case Manager Learie Carrington teamed up with Shamel and his family to get him on the right track.