Promoting the health of boys & young men
of color

Forward Promise is a national program that seeks to build and strengthen the villages that raise and empower boys and young men of color to heal, grow and thrive.

Promoting the health of boys & young men
of color

Forward Promise is a national program that seeks to build and strengthen the villages that raise and empower boys and young men of color to heal, grow and thrive.

About Forward Promise

If it takes a village to raise a child, what does it take to strengthen, stimulate and create healthy villages? The Forward Promise National Program Office works to support the networks and relationships that surround boys and young men of color (BYMOC) and counter the effects of historical and contemporary trauma in America.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, having invested five years in building the Forward Promise model, now charges the Forward Promise National Program Office (NPO) with the responsibility of building a culture of health model for BYMOC, as an independent initiative, in collaboration with many other leaders in the field. The NPO will facilitate grants to non-profits, provide technical assistance and field-building support and disseminate timely research to those seeking to positively impact the lives of boys and young men of color.

Stories

As in the desert that surrounds this city, it seems almost all living happens at dusk. The sun throws rose-colored light on the Sandia Mountains, the pale houses empty, and the sidewalks fill. Above, the skies look brush-stroked and extravagant, and a breeze comes, as if it had been hiding too. When you endure in the desert, this hour is your reward.

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Anchorage, Alaska is a celebration of natural splendor. Snow-topped mountains reach up into clinquant skies and create a majestic backdrop for the normalcy of life happening below. It’s the meeting of two worlds in the state’s largest city—the earthen grandeur that’s existed for lifetimes and the contemporary bustle of the now.

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As in the desert that surrounds this city, it seems almost all living happens at dusk. The sun throws rose-colored light on the Sandia Mountains, the pale houses empty, and the sidewalks fill. Above, the skies look brush-stroked and extravagant, and a breeze comes, as if it had been hiding too. When you endure in the desert, this hour is your reward.

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Get Involved with Forward Promise

If you share our vision of healthy villages that support boys and young men of color to heal, grow and thrive, join us!

Recent News

Forward Promise | 09.05.17

Forward Promise announces its new National Advisory Committee, comprised of a diverse group of national leaders in the fields of health, education, youth advocacy, technology, psychology, business and philanthropy.

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This week, Communities for Just Schools Fund’s Allison R. Brown spoke with our Director Howard Stevenson joined Allison Brown, Executive Director of Communities for Just Schools Fund & Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, National Field Organizer of Dignity in Schools Campaign on a new #SchoolHouse podcast to discuss Black boys & school pushout.

Take a listen.

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09.05.17

Forward Promise announces its new National Advisory Committee, comprised of a diverse group of national leaders in the fields of health, education, youth advocacy, technology, psychology, business and philanthropy.

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Next Event

03.30.17

Forward Promise will proudly serve as the lead sponsor of the inaugural Student Innovator Awards during the 2017 Gathering of Leaders, hosted by the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC).

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