Have you heard about Wisconsin Promise? Wisconsin is one of six sites participating in the US Department of Education’s demonstration of a promising path to success for youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Wisconsin Promise will help youth and their families meet their school and work goals in order to better their income and financial stability reducing poverty.
Wisconsin Promise will enroll 2,000 youth (between the ages of 14-16) receiving SSI and their families. Families who participate in the study will receive $30 in gift cards. A computer program will assign participants to one of two groups based on chance, like a lottery. Half of the youth will be assigned to the Promise Services Group and the other half will continue to receive Services as Usual.
The PROMISE initiative is intended to improve services for youth SSI recipients and their families. Services provided through Promise can help youth participants achieve better education and career outcomes, including:
- graduating from high school college and career ready
- completing post-secondary education and job training, and
- obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting.
As a result, youth participants can achieve their goals and move toward a stronger financial future.
Youth age 14 to 16 who are SSI recipients are encouraged to participate.
Youth and their parents or guardians may complete the enrollment materials at home by downloading them from the Wisconsin Promise website or in person at a Promise office or community event.