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.
17-year-old PROMISE student Ajanae has been wanting to work since she was 14 years old. Ajanae is extremely motivated. Promise Community Employment Specialist Kandese McCullough has been mentoring her and has helped Ajanae build her resume and make connections in her community. Ajanae is now working at Five Below through a PROMISE-sponsored paid work experience which could lead to Five Below directly hiring her in the future. Kandese and Ajanae have done a lot of work leading up to this point of working in the real world.