What is NYS PROMISE?

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, 2019.

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 Hardworking College Student.

Nineteen year-old PROMISE student, Evalisse, is working two jobs and going to school full time. PROMISE staff helped get her into the world of work through summer youth employment a few years ago. She is using each of her job experiences and college classes to develop valuable skills that are helping to open up new doors for advancement. Evalisse has a desire to help others and to work since she was in high school, where she was a teacher's aide. She assisted teachers and the principle, perform clerical tasks and stay organized.