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.

Ask a young child what they want to be when they grow up and they will likely give you a list. Their dreams are boundless and they derive genuine excitement from planning their future.

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Protests around the world are calling for change but will this change impact the well-being of our children, friends, and communities? Don’t hold your breath. In 2013, my 8 year old son and I were folding clothes while the TV was on. He became glued to the TV as Trayvon Martin’s...

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Jogging on a sunny spring day is normal. Chasing, shooting, and murdering a Black man while he is jogging is NOT normal. Playing music outside and enjoying yourself is normal. Being shot and killed because someone else does not like your music is NOT...

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As teacher appreciation week comes to a close, Forward Promise National Advisory Committee member, Krishaun Branch, shares his reflections on the value of education and the influence of having black male educators as mentors. Krishaun graduated from Urban Prep Academy, an all-male Black high school in Chicago, Illinois, and was...

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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...

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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

| 11.07.19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            MEDIA CONTACT: Lowell Dempsey ldempsey@burness.com 301-280-5741 Seven community-based organizations receive funding to improve the health and well-being of...

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| 10.01.19

Following Dr. Bryant’s presentation to the Baton Rouge community on disrupting dehumanization, Metromorphosis, under the leadership of Forward Promise Fellow, Raymond Jetson, developed a downloadable report and summary entitled “Disrupting Dehumanization,” shared in its October...

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11.07.19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            MEDIA CONTACT: Lowell Dempsey ldempsey@burness.com 301-280-5741 Seven community-based organizations receive funding to improve the health and well-being of...

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Next Event

03.13.20

Forward Promise Presenting w/ Leadership Fellows Raymond Jetson (Metropmorphosis: Baton Rouge, LA) and Karla McCoullough (Juanita Sims Doty Foundation, Jackson,...

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