Forward Promise Appoints Prestigious National Advisory Committee

Diverse Group of Leaders Join to Support Grant-Making Efforts to Promote Health of Boys and Young Men of Color

PHILADELPHIA – Forward Promise, a national grant-making program that supports the health of boys and young men of color, today announced the members of its National Advisory Committee (NAC).

A diverse group of national leaders in the fields of health, education, youth advocacy, technology, psychology, business and philanthropy will guide Forward Promise in its efforts to help boys and young men of color heal, grow, and thrive in the face of systemic, historical and current-day racial trauma. William Buster, Executive Vice President at St. David’s Foundation will chair the group. Other members include Dr. Karina Walters, Director and Principal Investigator at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; Dr. Sean Joe, Professor of Social Development and Associate Dean for Faculty and Research at Washington University in St. Louis; Terrance Bowman, Global Technology Diversity and Inclusion Manager at J.P. Morgan Chase; and Quyen Dinh, Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center.

The full list of committee members is available here.

Backed by a $12 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Racial Empowerment Collaborative, Forward Promise will promote a culture of health for boys and young men of color by supporting culturally-responsive practices that buffer the effects of historical and present-day dehumanization, discrimination and colonization.

The new NAC will support Forward Promise with its grant making, technical assistance to grantees, and field-building with other organizations throughout the U.S. that are also seeking to positively impact boys and young men of color.

“We are delighted to have such depth of experience and knowledge on our National Advisory Committee,” said Dr. Howard Stevenson, Director of the Forward Promise National Program Office. “We feel confident that their contributions will help Forward Promise achieve its full potential to make important contributions to the health of boys and young men of color throughout the nation.”

In November 2017, Forward Promise will announce its first round of grant-making.

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