The Arkansas PROMISE Model Demonstration Project is a $35.7 million, five-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions and the Arkansas Department of Education.
What is Arkansas PROMISE?
Arkansas PROMISE is a research project open, at time of enrollment, to youth ages 14 to 16 who currently receive SSI benefits. For 1000 youth, PROMISE will provide additional services to youth and their families to support their education and career goals. Services include: Intensive case management, two paid competitive work experiences, education and employment training and support for youth and families, health and wellness training, and benefits counseling.
How much does it cost?
The program is free to youth receiving SSI and their families. There is no cost to be in the PROMISE project.
What′s in it for me?
PROMISE youth will set their own goals and work to achieve them together with PROMISE and families. PROMISE will provide job skills and knowledge opening new doors for youth and their families. PROMISE will connect families to the community, to employers and help youth participate actively in their world. PROMISE will arrange for paid work experiences for youth.
How do I enroll in PROMISE?
PROMISE Enrollment ended April 2016.
How will it affect my benefits?
Enrolling in PROMISE won’t affect the SSI benefit. PROMISE will provide counseling to help families understand how their choices affect the SSI benefit. Students can earn money under a student earned income exclusion.