Arkansas PROMISE

J. Froelich / KUAF

The Arkansas PROMISE program wrapped in late September, but early results look promising. The federally funded $36 million project aimed to improve employment and educational outcomes for teens with disabilities who receive social security benefits. We hear about the program's outcomes and how it benefitted participants.

J. Froelich / KUAF

"Arkansas PROMISE" is a five-year federally funded demonstration project that provides comprehensive workplace training for teens with disabilities. Now in its third year, the project involves 2,000 youth in 25 Arkansas counties. PROMISE, an acronym for “Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income” is being tested in ten other states. We provide a progress report.

Arkansas PROMISE Gets Additional Federal Funding

Nov 6, 2015

In late 2013, the University of Arkansas received $32.4 million from the U.S. Department of Education to start the Arkansas PROMISE, a five-year program designed to give Arkansas adolescents with disabilities summer work experience. The program recently received an additional $3.3 million from the Department of Education to further support the program's needs, and to expand its offerings with a summer camp to give participants educational experience as well.

Jacqueline Froelich

The teenagers are participating in a five-year-long federal research project to improve career and education outcomes for low-income youth with disabilities. The program is called “Arkansas PROMISE” which stands for “Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income.” We visit with one of the teens at her workplace, and also talk with PROMISE project director Philip Adams.