Arkansas PROMISE

The Arkansas PROMISE Model Demonstration Project is a $32.4 million, five-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions and the Arkansas Department of Education.

Other partners are the Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas Workforce Centers, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Sources for Community Independent Living Services, the Clinton Foundation, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, U of A CURRENTS, Partners for Inclusive Communities and Arkansas Research Center.

The five-year project began in 2013, ending fall 2018. It was designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of youth with disabilities as well as to reduce reliance on public benefits. Its evaluation will continue to 2023, an additional five years, as the youth are followed and data are collected and analyzed to determine the effect of the project.

PROMISE refers to the federal program and stands for Promoting the Readiness Of Minors in Supplemental Security Income.