If my parent/guardian and I sign the consent form, will I get to receive PROMISE services?

The consent form must be completed for you to be a part of the study. Once you and your parent or guardian have completed this form, a computer program will randomly assign you to one of the two study groups. The group you are assigned to will determine what services you may be able to access. Only if you are assigned to the PROMISE Program Group will you be able to receive PROMISE services.

Can my parent/guardian and I think about it and sign the consent form later or do I have to sign it now?

Yes, you and your parent/guardian may complete and sign the form later (within the two year enrollment period) if you wish. However, you may access only the usually available services until you and your parent/guardian have completed the form and your study group has been determined.

I don’t feel comfortable giving you my Social Security Number (SSN). Can I still be in the study?

If you don’t provide your SSN, you can’t be in the study. It’s important that you provide your SSN so that the study team has an understanding of your background and the government services and benefits you receive. Let me reassure you that your SSN and all of the other information that is requested on the consent form will be treated confidentially.

How are youth assigned to the study groups?

Youth are assigned to the study groups by a computer program. The assignments are completely random; PROMISE staff have no control over them. Every youth who enrolls in the study has the same chance of being assigned to one of the study groups, and nobody has an advantage. The groups that youth are assigned to are not affected in any way by their race, gender, age, or other personal characteristics.

Why is group assignment random? I think the process is unfair.

Assigning people to groups randomly is like picking names out of a hat or flipping a coin, so that everyone will be fairly treated. This way, everyone has the same chance of being in one of the two study groups. Remember, the decision about which group you are assigned to has nothing to do with things like your age, gender, race, ethnic group, or disability.