The Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB) and Arbor E&T completed a successful PROMISE summer work experience in 2018.
Of the 52 participants placed in employment at 24 worksites, 30 completed all of the 200 allowable work hours and another 12 participants completed 100 or more hours.
The LRWDB began its partnership with the Arkansas PROMISE Grant consortium in January 2015 to operate a summer youth work experience program to run in concert with the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The end of the PROMISE contract was September 30, 2018.
PROMISE—Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income —is a joint initiative of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the U.S. Departments of Education (ED), Health and Human Services, and Labor. Arkansas was selected as one of six programs nationally to promote positive changes in education and employment outcomes for the target population. AR PROMISE provided innovative educational, vocational, and other services to youth SSI recipients, age 14 to 16, and their families.