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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Wisconsin Promise Initiative for Youth with Disabilities & Their Families Surpasses Enrollment Target

MADISON – Wisconsin Promise, a program that assists youth with disabilities and their families in meeting their school and work goals in order to improve their income and financial stability, has surpassed its enrollment target of 2,000 youth with disabilities. The two-year enrollment deadline had been April 30, 2016.

Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen said, "Wisconsin Promise will support the education and employment goals of Wisconsin youth with disabilities who have joined the project. We are pleased that we were able to reach our enrollment goal and offer these services to our Wisconsin Promise youth and their families."

Wisconsin Promise provides services and additional support, such as financial stability, workforce resources and job opportunities, to youth with disabilities and their families. Only youth receiving SSI (Social Security Supplemental Security Income ) ages 14, 15 and 16 and their families were eligible to enroll. The program calls for about half of all enrollees to receive grant-supported services and the other half to receive traditional Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) case management services.

The program is supported by a five-year, $32.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in partnership with other state and local agencies and organizations. Promise partners in Wisconsin are DWD and the Departments of Children & Families (DCF), Health Services (DHS) and Public Instruction (DPI).

“Connecting the educational experiences of students, including those with disabilities, to an academic and career plan is crucial to ensuring the next generation of Wisconsin citizens are prepared for life after high school," State Superintendent Dr. Tony Evers said. "Reaching our enrollment goal for the Promise Grant is a testament to the level of dedication our partners at DWD, DCF, local school districts, and Wisconsin FACETS have to improving the lives of all kids.”

Over the two-year enrollment period, enrollees came in from all corners of Wisconsin including Milwaukee, where the number of enrollees surpassed projections and reinforced the state's commitment to improving the workforce of the city and county.

Along with Wisconsin, Promise grants were awarded to California, New York, Maryland, Arkansas, and a consortium of states that includes Utah, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.

To learn more about Wisconsin Promise, visit www.promisewi.com