April 2019
Steven's Point Community Conversation
Almost 80 people attended the Community Conversation held at SentryWorld in Stevens Point. The event was co-facilitated by Kristy Bridenhagen, YMCA Adaptive Sports and Recreation Director and Ashley Mathy, motivational speaker and self-advocate. The panel featured two former Project SEARCH participants, the Project SEARCH parent liaison, and a representative from Anytime Fitness. Current Project SEARCH students also spoke about their experiences and future goals. 
Promise participants participating in a round table discussion.
Screen displayed during community conversation. What can we do to better prepare youth with disabilities and other barriers to enter the workforce?
Promise participant speaking at the community conversation.
Promise female speaking at the community conversation.
Promise participant speaking at the community conversation.
Photo of the Promise panel who attended the community conversation.
Promise to Present at the
National Press Club:
Improving the Trajectories for Youth with Disabilities
and Families Living in Poverty
The Project Directors and select staff from each of the PROMISE Projects will be presenting on the findings from the implementation of these projects. Topics include:
  • Accomplishments and Challenges in the Context of Disability and Poverty
  • Systemic and Local Coordination and Collaboration of Services across Agencies
  • Federal, State, and Local Implications for Youth Receiving SSI and their Families
The presentation will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 2019 at 1pm Eastern. A live webcast of the event will begin at 1:45 pm Eastern. 
Wisconsin Promise Presented at
AMCHP 2019:
Impact of Wisconsin Promise on Family Engagement
Wisconsin PROMISE partnered with Wisconsin's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) program, the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to present at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) 2019 Conference.
Topics included:
  • Identifying and connecting families with Wisconsin Promise Family Advocates with lived experiences.
  • Support provided by Promise Family Advocates in increasing expectations of what is possible after high school, and navigating systems and supports.
  • Sustainability through supporting leadership opportunities for Promise youth and family members to increase employment opportunities for youth with disabilities in their communities.
The Clemens-Clark Wisconsin Promise video was shared which features the full family to show how family support and engagement were essential components for this families success.
Upcoming Community Forums
Businesses have workforce needs and young adults with disabilities and other barriers have the skills and the desire to work. Join the discussion to help identify how to make these connections. 
Thursday, May 2, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Sportsman's Cafe
W11402 Co Rd X
Crivitz, WI 54114
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Steering Committee Profile Members and Emails
Project Director
Meredith Dressel

Project Manager
Ellie Hartman