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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In May 2021, the U.S. reversed mask mandates and loosened restrictions on gatherings amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic. These changes signaled a return to “normal” for some. As people resume their gym workouts, reschedule their weddings, and rebook their vacations, the lives of the nation’s people of color (POC)—particularly those...

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The COVID-19 pandemic is raging. The inequities that existed before the pandemic are deepening, while negatively impacting communities of color. And the organizations on the front lines are struggling to help the people in these communities take care of the basics. It is clear the helpers need...

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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!