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The PROMISE Model Demonstration Projects were created to facilitate a positive impact on long-term employment and educational outcomes by reducing reliance on SSI, providing better outcomes for adults, and improved service delivery by states for youth and families receiving SSI. Below is a compilation of highlights from each of these projects showcasing how youth have developed and worked towards educational and employment goals through PROMISE, and lessons learned from the project.

Posted on 07/11/2018

Conversations About Group Concept Mapping

Chapter 8

Project: New York State PROMISE

NYS PROMISE contributed to this book with 'Chapter 8: A Conversation on Promoting Readiness for Living, Learning, and Working for Youth Who Have Disabilities Who Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).' The book itself defines the method of group concept mapping, and provides research examples with input from researchers representing a wide range of fields.

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Posted on 07/11/2018

Underrepresentation of Adolescents with Disabilities Using ACS Questions

ASPIRE publication in Disability and Health Journal

Project: ASPIRE

Full article title: Underrepresentation of adolescents with respiratory, mental health, and developmental disabilities using American Community Survey (ACS) questions. Authors: Catherine Ipsen, Ph.D., Cathy Chambless, M.S., M.P.A., Ph.D., Noelle Kurth, M.S., Sara McCormick, M.P.A., Rebecca Goe, M.A., M.P.A., Jean Hall, Ph.D. Background: Disability prevalence estimates are used to identify populations, establish priorities and allocate funding for a broad range of federal, state, and local initiatives. Increasingly, these estimates are based on a set of six questions developed and tested for use in the American Community Survey (ACS). A key assumption about the ACS disability screeners is that they sufficiently capture the entire population of people with disabilities, but some studies indicate that certain disability groups are underrepresented.

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Posted on 05/15/2018

ASPIRE Newsletter

Project: ASPIRE

ASPIRE puts out a monthly newsletter, enabling readers to follow along with the project and its progress. THe newsletter includes a letter from their Project Director, Carol Rudell, that includes general information and brief updates on ASPIRE, useful tidbits of information around transition, and reflections on her own youth employment experiences. The newsletter also includes updates from each of the six states that comprise ASPIRE (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and UTAH). These updates include a variety of information from the programs, including success stories, helpful tips for youth on employment and similar topics, and upcoming events.

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Posted on 05/15/2018

Destination Independence: What Families Can Do

Project: Wisconsin PROMISE

Young people who have paid work experiences while still in high school have a better chance of being employed as an adult. Having a job while still in high school teaches youth about time management, following directions, and developing a work ethic. This infographic identifies ways families can support their teen in exploring their full work potential and how Promise can help provide tools along the way.

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Posted on 05/07/2018

New York State PROMISE Podcasts

Project: New York State PROMISE

A great way to learn about PROMISE is through New York State (NYS) PROMISE’s podcasts. They’re short at three to four minutes each and you can watch them as videos with captioning or read the transcripts at www.nyspromise.org/podcasts. Many of the episodes are also available to listen to in iTunes under ‘NYS PROMISE Podcast’. The podcasts cover a variety of topics, including the impact of PROMISE in NYS, the benefits of learning life skills and work experience for youth, mini-tutorials on life skills and other similar topics, and spotlights on PROMISE youth and staff.

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