Arkansas PROMISE offers teens with disabilities paid work experiences

Arkansas PROMISE offers teens with disabilities paid work experiences

Arkansas PROMISE is a new program currently enrolling youth ages 14 to 16 who receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.

It will provide educational and employment supports to participants.

To learn more about paid summer work experiences, there's an enrollment fair happening Tuesday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at City Youth Ministries in downtown Jonesboro.

PROMISE will provide additional services to 1,000 youth and their families by supporting their education and career goals.

Intensive case management, two paid competitive work experiences, education and employment training and support for youth and families, benefits counseling, health and wellness training, and money to address emergency financial needs are among the services it will provide.

The Arkansas PROMISE Model Demonstration Project is a $32 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education and the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions and the Arkansas Department of Education.

To find out more about the 5-year program in Northeast Arkansas, call 870-816-4931 or go to www.promisear.org.

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