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New York State PROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) in Partnership with Parent Network of WNY, Buffalo Public Schools and Niagara Falls City Schools are proud to announce recruitment is open for the PROMISE program. Promise is a research initiative developed to improve transition-to-adulthood outcomes for eligible youth who receive supplemental security income (SSI) in Western New York.

The NYS PROMISE program is a five-year initiative that strives to increase access to services for eligible youth and their families to improve academic and employment outcomes, increase financial stability, and reduce reliance on SSI. New York State PROMISE is one of six PROMISE awards granted by the US. Department of Education in October of 2013. Partnering agencies include The Parent Network of WNY, Wildwood Programs, Inc. in the capital area, and Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN) in the New York City area, regional schools and service providers.

NYS PROMISE is open to youth who receive SSI and are between the ages of 14 and 16 in the Western New York Region. Youth and their family who meet eligibility requirements can choose to participate in NYS PROMISE and potentially receive services to achieve better outcomes. Eligible youth and their families will receive a personal invitation to participate and details about attending recruitment events in their region.

NYS PROMISE and its partners, including schools, parent centers, and service providers, have started recruitment efforts and will recruit a total of 445 in Western New York by April of 2016. Recruitment for the WNY Region is currently being held within the Niagara Falls City Schools and Buffalo Public Schools districts.

The NYS PROMISE intervention model was jointly developed by the U.S. departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, and the U.S. social Security Administration in an effort to improve the service provision and coordination for youth with disabilities who receive SSI and their families.

For more information regarding the NYS PROMISE Initiative, please contact Rob Muldoon at (716) 332-4178, by email at