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.

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The PROMISE Podcast

A Staten Island Success Story

Aaliyah is a 9th grader and lives in Staten Island. She has a variety of interests, which PROMISE staff are helping her to explore. Case Manager La Tonja McMillan. Is excited about the new world that services are opening up for Aaliyah, including work experiences, building new skills like resume writing and interviewing, and in the near future the goal is to assist Aaliyah in getting a paid-job . That will help her narrow down the right career path that fits her interests and needs.