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Department Awards $211 Million for the Promoting the Readiness Of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Initiative

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The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $211 million in five-year grants to five states and a consortium of six states to establish and operate model demonstration projects designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and their families.

"All children deserve a chance to achieve their educational and career goals," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The PROMISE initiative provides services and support to help our most at-risk students and their families so that they can focus on their education and a brighter future."

The PROMISE initiative is intended to improve the provision and coordination of services for child SSI recipients and their families. The services help child recipients achieve better outcomes, including graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting. As a result, these child SSI recipients can achieve long-term reductions in reliance on SSI.

PROMISE is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

The following is a list of the grants the Department announced, including the contact information for the project directors and the amount of each 5-year award:

State(s) Program Contact Email Amount
Arkansas Arkansas PROMISE 2013 Brent Williams$32,427,441
California California PROMISE (CaPROMISE) Joe Xavier $50,000,000
Consortium of States—Utah, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado and Arizona Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment (ASPIRE) Carol Ruddell $32,500,000
Maryland Maryland PROMISE Promoting the Employment Readiness of SSI Minors Jade Gingerich$31,190,076
New YorkNew York State (NYS) PROMISE John Allen $32,500,000
Wisconsin Wisconsin PROMISE JoAnna Richard$32,497,181