What is NYS PROMISE?

NYS PROMISE was a research project that began October 1, 2013 and ended September 1, 2019. The project served over 2,000 families in New York State with 14-16 year old teens receiving Supplemental Social Security income (SSI). The goal of the NYS PROMISE project was to explore the best ways to help kids with disabilities receiving SSI successfully transition from high school to adulthood.

NYS PROMISE was funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It was a partnership of New York State agencies and Cornell University. The goal of the project was to identify the best ways to support teens who receive SSI in achieving their full living, learning and earning potential.

NYS PROMISE provided 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 received the transition services they were eligible for through their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and participated in occasional surveys to check in on how they are doing with preparing for adulthood.

The NYS PROMISE team would like to thank all of the youth and families that participated in PROMISE as well as the school and community partners who contributed to the project. Although the services delivered through PROMISE have ended, the information that was gathered will be used to help inform service agencies and professionals in the field of best practices for supporting youth with disabilities receiving SSI.

While PROMISE services are no longer available to youth and families, there are a variety of resources within the community that provide support to transitioning youth. The following list provides contact information for agencies within the community that provide support services to youth and families: RESOURCES

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The PROMISE Podcast

Developing Advanced Culinary Skills.

Seventeen year old New York State PROMISE student, Jennifer is an ambitious young woman who is following her dream of owning her own restaurant. With the help of Promise she has been able to create a resume, develop interviewing skills, and become more independent. Jennifer has been working for the past several years in the restaurant business, and is now learning advanced culinary skills in school. Jennifer is excited about her future.