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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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Wisconsin Promise Update: Fewer than 400 Enrollment Slots Available

Youth with disabilities and their families urged to sign up today; enrollment deadline is April 28

MADISON – With less than 400 open slots remaining, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) encourages youth with disabilities and their families to sign up today for the Wisconsin Promise program, which helps participants achieve their goals and move toward a brighter financial future.

DWD Secretary Ray Allen said, "We are in the homestretch of the enrollment period for this wonderful opportunity for youth with disabilities and their families to achieve greater independence and advance toward stronger future. As we and our partners in the program step up our recruitment efforts, we also encourage families to contact our Promise team by visiting https://promisewi.com/ or calling 1-855-480-5618."

Wisconsin Promise is a five-year, $32.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, designed to improve education and employment services for youth SSI (Social Security Supplemental Security Income) recipients and their families. The project is administered by DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in partnership with other state and local agencies and organizations.

As the federal government has set the enrollment deadline for the end of April 2016, Wisconsin Promise can only accept enrollments though April 28, 2016.

Over the next several weeks, the Promise team will continue its aggressive outreach efforts to enroll eligible families. Highlights include:

Promise provides services and additional support, such as: financial stability, workforce resources and job opportunities, to youth with disabilities and their families. Only SSI youth ages 14, 15 and 16 are eligible for enrollment. Families who enroll receive a $30 gift card and, as a demonstration project, participants will be enrolled in either intensive Promise services or DVR services.

"Wisconsin Promise is already changing lives and strengthening families," Secretary Allen said. "Promise youth and their families are working with DVR counselors to strengthen their connections to education, to explore employment opportunities and to learn new skills that will help them be independent and economically self-sufficient adults."

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. Promise partners in Wisconsin are DWD and the Departments of Children & Families, Health Services and Public Instruction.

To enroll in Wisconsin Promise, visit https://promisewi.com/ or call 1-855-480-5618.