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

Celebrating Angelina's Accomplishments.

PROMISE first introduced you to Angelina and her mom, Janett, about a year ago in September of 2016. Since then, Angelina has been hitting the books hard for school and has had several brief work experiences to help gauge what she is interested in. PROMISE recently caught up with Angelina at Dave and Buster's, which is a restaurant and arcade, in Buffalo. The Dave and Buster's experience was both a recognition and celebration of Angelina's progress and accomplishments in PROMISE and a training experience for her mom.