My child's a teen now.

I want her to have the best life she can. Be as successful as she can. Have a job where people appreciate her for who she is and what she can do. Have friends, independence, a good life.

Life is expensive for families like mine, who have kids with special needs. Her SSI check is one of the few things we can count on. I worry about her future, and the future of our family.

PROMISE is having local recruitment events in your area!

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NYS PROMISE is a research project for a limited number of eligible families with 14-16 year old teens who receive Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI). Eligible families must reside in Western New York State, the Capital region, or the New York City area.

The goal of the NYS PROMISE project is to explore the best ways to help kids with disabilities receiving SSI successfully transition from high school to adulthood.

NYS PROMISE is recruiting 2000 youth and their families for this project. Eligible families receive special invitations to NYS PROMISE orientation and recruitment events through their child's school and/or regional parent center.

Recruitment ends April 30, 2016.

Interested in learning more or signing up for PROMISE?

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Who is eligible to participate in NYS PROMISE?

Your teen must meet these qualifications to be eligible:

  • ● Age 14 to 16
  • ● Living in:
    ○ Western New York
    ○ Capital Region
    ○ New York City
  • ● Receiving SSI

To learn more about NYS PROMISE in your region,
and to contact your regional parent center, please watch these videos.

New York City

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Capital Region

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Parent Network of the Capital Region

Western New York

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