Raising Healthy Villages

If it takes a village to raise a child, what does it take to create and sustain healthy villages? Forward Promise advances healing practices that are rooted in–and reflective of–the culture and values of the communities served. This approach creates protective factors that counter the effects of dehumanization for whole communities and the young people they nurture.

What is Dehumanization?

Dehumanization invalidates the humanity of people of color through perceptions or actual treatment. It centers the pervasive idea that people of color do not need, and are not worthy of, basic human dignities. Dehumanizing narratives, policies, and practices daily traumatize people of color and threaten the healthy development of young people and their communities. Forward Promise and its village of grantees counter these effects with humanity-affirming solutions rooted in culture.