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.

Join the New Forward Promise Network

An online community designed for professionals and direct service providers in youth serving organizations focusing on boys and young men of color, ages 12-24.

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 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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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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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 | 02.21.18

February 21, 2018 – Today, TED released Forward Promise Director Dr. Howard Stevenson’s segment from TEDMED 2017, the international health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference. Dr. Stevenson’s presentation focused on the importance of racial literacy among families and communities as a way for people of color to better...

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Forward Promise | 02.08.18

The Forward Promise Network, a membership-based community, offers complimentary resources, research and online forums for organizations and individuals dedicated to fostering the health of boys and young men of color WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 8, 2018 – Forward Promise, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF),...

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02.21.18

February 21, 2018 – Today, TED released Forward Promise Director Dr. Howard Stevenson’s segment from TEDMED 2017, the international health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference. Dr. Stevenson’s presentation focused on the importance of racial literacy among families and communities as a way for people of color to better...

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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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