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Arkansas PROMISE is a research project open to youth ages 14 to 16 who currently receive SSI benefits. Participants must enroll before their 17th birthday. Once enrolled, PROMISE will provide services through September 2018. PROMISE will only enroll 2000 youth. 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, benefits counseling, and health & wellness training

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations. A team of researchers at Mathematica Policy Research is evaluating the program. Approximately 2,000 youth in Arkansas will be in the evaluation.

Recruiter/Retention Specialists
 Valencia Hardy, Central Recruiter/Retention Specialist

Valencia Hardy, Central Recruiter/Retention Specialist

 Jerrica Hampton, Eastern Recruiter/Retention Specialist

Jerrica Hampton, Eastern Recruiter/Retention Specialist

 David Whitten, Northwest Recruiter/Retention Specialist

David Whitten, Northwest Recruiter/Retention Specialist

 Valencia Hardy, Pulaski Recruiter/Retention Specialist

Valencia Hardy, Pulaski Recruiter/Retention Specialist

 DaNita Webster, Southern Recruiter/Retention Specialist

DaNita Webster, Southern Recruiter/Retention Specialist

Directors
 John Barbuto, Central Director

John Barbuto, Central Director

 Mary Keith, Eastern Director

Mary Keith, Eastern Director

 Travis Byram, Northwest Director

Travis Byram, Northwest Director

 Amber Govan, Pulaski Director

Amber Govan, Pulaski Director

 Kerron Simpson, Southern Director

Kerron Simpson, Southern Director

Program Staff
 Phillip Adams, Program Director

Phillip Adams, Program Director

 Hershell West, Associate Director

Hershell West, Associate Director

 Brent Williams, Principal Investigator

Brent Williams, Principal Investigator

 Cathy Fox, Program Specialist

Cathy Fox, Program Specialist

 Alejandro Ortiz, Recruitment/Retention Coordinator

Alejandro Ortiz, Recruitment/Retention Coordinator