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New York State's Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE)


New York State PROMISE will advance employment and postsecondary education outcomes for 14-16 year old students that receive SSI. The project will provide coordinated services and supports to:

  • Develop strong and effective partnerships with agencies that provide key services to youth who receive SSI and their families;
  • Implement effective practices at local demonstration sites, targeted to the needs of young SSI recipients and their families; and
  • Evaluate interventions via rigorous project design and data collection procedures.



Two thousand students between ages 14-16 who receive SSI will be recruited as participants. Half will be randomly selected to receive PROMISE research intervention services and resources, while the other half will serve as a control group—receiving services typically provided by the school and local community. All students who are a part of this intervention (PROMISE and control group) will have their activities recorded through a secure and confidential online data collection system.


Students in the intervention demonstration group will receive individualized services via community agency partners. These may include:

  • community-based assessment;
  • internship and other work-based learning;
  • job placement leading to paid employment; ongoing employment supports;
  • SSI-related benefits, work incentives, and asset accumulation planning and assistance;
  • person-centered planning;
  • transition-related assessment; parent training; and
  • financial literacy training.


The NYS PROMISE Interventions to be tested are based on the best available research on the coordination and provision of services and supports for youth SSI recipients and their families. The PROMISE Initiative will conduct a rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of each intervention. Participating schools and their community partners will be fully trained on project content, procedures and processes by PROMISE staff. They will receive regular and planned site visits to solve issues and ensure that the PROMISE model is implemented correctly.

About the Center


PROMISE is a joint initiative of the US Department of Education (USDOE), the Social Security Administration (SSA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). Activities will be coordinated by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the contract administered by the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, and research and outreach activities conducted by Cornell University's Yang-Tan Institute.


Contact Us

Michelle Podolec, Project Coordinator
607.255.6270 (voice)
607.255.2763 (fax)

Laurie Rocker, Administrative Assistant
607.255.4349 (voice)
607.255.2763 (fax)
201 Dolgen Hall
Yang-Tan Institute
ILR School / Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Web: www.NYSPROMISE.org

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