Research & Resources

An important part of Forward Promise’s mission is to identify and share relevant research and resources that support healthy village-making for boys and young men of color. Please download, share and suggest new references at info@forwardpromise.org.

Employment Pathways for Boys and Young Men of Color: Solutions and Strategies That Can Make a Difference

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group

Employment is an important part of youth development and the successful progression into young adulthood. Young people learn important communication and social skills, and are also exposed to careers, workplace culture, and opportunities to hone problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Research reinforces the importance of early work experience, especially for poor and low-income youth. Youth employment […]

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Early Childhood Expulsions and Suspensions Undermine Our Nation’s Most Promising Agent of Opportunity and Social Justice

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group

High quality early care and education programs for children birth through four-years old have been shown to produce meaningful positive impacts in the lives of young children, especially for children of low-income families dealing with the stressors and lack of enrichment opportunities that all-to-often accompany financial disadvantage (Gilliam, 2009; Pianta, Barnett, Burchinal, & Thornburg, 2009). […]

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Improving High School Graduation Rates Among Males of Color

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group

Young males of color constitute a disproportionately high percentage of our nation’s non-high school graduate population. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that in 2012, 7% of all U.S. 16- to 24-year-olds were not enrolled in school and had not earned a high school diploma or equivalency credential. That same year, […]

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School Discipline Reform and Advocacy

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group

Across the country, school systems are shutting the doors of academic opportunity on students and funneling them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The combination of overly harsh school policies and an increased role of law enforcement in schools have created a “school-to-prison pipeline,” in which punitive measures such as suspensions, expulsions, and school-based […]

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Addressing Trauma Among Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Boys of Color

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group

A growing body of research reveals that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people experience a disproportionate amount of mental health challenges when compared with those who are heterosexual and cisgender. LGBTQ people, in general, have a higher prevalence of suicidal thoughts, attempts, and completions (Hatzenbuehler, 2011); depression and anxiety (Cochran, Sullivan, & Mays, […]

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Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities

Source: RWJF

As an integral component of the effort to build a national Culture of Health, RWJF looks for ways to grow support across sectors to address disparities in health and opportunity that affect young men of color. The Issue Young men of color (ages 12–18) who grow up in poverty, live in unsafe neighborhoods, and attend […]

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