Maryland PROMISE Project
Maryland PROMISE – Maryland is one of six sites participating in a US Department of Education's demonstration project designed to improve the education and employment outcomes of youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. MD PROMISE will provide enhanced services and supports to youth and their families that meet their individual school and work goals, ultimately allowing them to become better off financially and achieve brighter futures.
What is MD PROMISE?
MD PROMISE can help a student find a job that matches their interest and skills, complete high school and receive a diploma, connect with support services to help them become more independent, get information to help them enroll in postsecondary education and training, and learn how work can increase their income.
Impact on Students with Disabilities –
MD PROMISE will provide case management, benefits counseling, career and work based learning experiences, and family training. The goal of the initiative is to prepare students for a postsecondary goal of employment. At the conclusion of the five year grant, the partner agencies will have increased capacity to create new pathways to the workforce for populations that have traditionally faced barriers to employment.
For more information, visit the Maryland PROMISE website at www.mdpromise.org
Seamless Transition Services (formerly known as MSTC – Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative)
This collaborative transition initiative aims to address a model of transition services that is designed to improve postsecondary and employment outcomes of participating students with disabilities through a sequential delivery of specific transition service components. Key elements of the model include: Discovery Process, Student-led IEP's, School and Academic Preparation, Work-based Experiences, Paid Employment, Family Supports, Connecting Activities & System Linkages, Social & Health Linkages, and Benefits Management.
The major goal of Seamless Transition Services is to skillfully promote and assimilate students' individual talents, desires and abilities with the needs of specific local workforce leaders and businesses where; students transition from a regimented school environment to independent, self-confident, productive members of their communities. And, employers gain qualified reliable employees for crucial positions while raising leadership visibility in the business community, as well as, contributing to the success of the local economy.
The outcome for the Seamless Transition Services model yields a "win, win situation" for students, families, employers and the community. It is based on an intrinsic foundation for an adult life continuum of education, employment, social activity, and community living. As students with disabilities exit Carroll County Public School system they acquire skills that allow then to pursue opportunities, employ support resources and attain economic self-sufficiency.
CITY – Career Independence for Transitioning Youth
Desired Outcome – Students with disabilities exit Carroll County Public Schools with skills that will allow them to pursue employment opportunities, experience lifelong learning challenges, and participate in community activities that parallel their goals, dreams and interest from a socially responsible and pragmatic standpoint.
Transition Outcome – This collaborative transition initiative is developed around a model, where the outcome is based on a foundation for adult life to be built, acquiring positive life skills for employment (or job readiness skills) and participating in a variety of work-based experiences such a job sampling and job shadowing.
Major Goal – Create opportunities for high school students with disabilities to meet their individual desires, become integrated and involved in their post-school community, and achieve a socially acceptable and responsible adult lifestyle that empower them to achieve a sense of personal satisfaction while contributing as a productive member of society in the communities in which they live.
Model Plan – Key elements of the model include: Self-Determination, Pre-employment Exploration, and Work-based experiences.