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.

Stories

I’ve been a mother for 14 years. I have a teenage son and a young daughter. Being a mother is a great honor that brings an indescribable joy. I marvel daily at the ways my children are growing and developing. I am also humbled at how parenting has made me...

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Meet Maȟpíya Black Elk, Director of Hiyupo Alliance Boys and Young Men of Color Programs at the Native American Community Academy (NACA). In this video, he shares his emotional journey of healing from the internalized negative feelings created by the historical dehumanization of Indigenous peoples when they were colonized. Maȟpíya’s...

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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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Get Involved with Forward Promise

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

| 06.21.19

Our Co-Directors, Dr. Rhonda Bryant and Dr. Howard Stevenson reflect on the impact of youth activists like Delaware student, Savannah Shepherd, to inspire their communities to take action for justice and equality: "They’re honoring the past, re-creating the narrative about people of color, challenging oppressive systems, and creating safe spaces...

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| 10.03.18

(Washington, D.C. – October 3) – Forward Promise, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation committed to empowering boys and young men of color, has announced the 2018 recipients of its Forward Promise Fellowship For Leaders. The Fellowship brings together an intergenerational cohort of both emerging and...

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06.21.19

Our Co-Directors, Dr. Rhonda Bryant and Dr. Howard Stevenson reflect on the impact of youth activists like Delaware student, Savannah Shepherd, to inspire their communities to take action for justice and equality: "They’re honoring the past, re-creating the narrative about people of color, challenging oppressive systems, and creating safe spaces...

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Next Event

05.20.19

On Wednesday, May 22nd at 3pm ET, Forward Promise will host an optional applicant webinar for the newly released call for proposals (CFP), Forward Promise: Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization. During this optional webinar, Forward Promise staff will discuss the eligibility criteria, describe the application process, and answer questions...

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