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 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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Anchorage, Alaska is a celebration of natural splendor. Snow-topped mountains reach up into clinquant skies and create a majestic backdrop for the normalcy of life happening below. It’s the meeting of two worlds in the state’s largest city—the earthen grandeur that’s existed for lifetimes and the contemporary bustle of the...

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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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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

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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Forward Promise | 11.06.17

Forward Promise, a national grant making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), today announced grant awards totaling $3.15 million to nine organizations across the United States that are helping boys and young men of color (BYMOC) heal, grow, and thrive....

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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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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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