About Forward Promise

If it takes a village to raise a child, what does it take to strengthen, stimulate, and create healthy villages? Forward Promise builds communities of practice that counter the effects of historical and contemporary trauma for boys and young men of color (BYMOC). Following the evidence, Forward Promise advances a grantmaking approach, field building strategy, and research agenda designed to show BYMOC that they matter. We affirm their full humanity and vow to rally against narratives, policies, and practices that dehumanize them.

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. They believe they have a future of their own choosing.

As boys and young men of color (BYMOC) get older, many lose the sense of the possible. The dehumanization they and their villages face make hoping frivolous when survival becomes the goal.

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Author: Keith F. Miller, Jr.  Forward Promise Fellow Images: Powerhouse Animation Studios   When I’m asked about the importance of representation, I like to lead with one question: “Name one Black, queer animated show or movie?” So far, no one has been able to name one because it doesn’t exist....

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Authors: Kisha Bird (Forward Promise National Advisor) and Duy Pham Reposted with Permission from The Center for Law and Social Policy www.clasp.org/blog/breonna-taylor-justice-healing-policy As we have seen in the Breonna Taylor case and countless other situations, violence against Black women is normalized in our nation, and our humanity is invisible. This...

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We call upon all allies and practitioners to create a culture of health for boys and young men of color by driving narrative change, systems reform, and creating safe and supportive spaces. Join us!