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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Research & Resources

Dehumanization is the pervasive idea that people of color do not need, and are not worthy of, basic human dignities (Forward Promise, 2019). As we reckon with the dual pandemics of systemic racism and COVID-19 (which disproportionately impacts communities of color), it is essential that we disrupt the dehumanization that...

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Entrenched racism and the dehumanization of boys and young men of color (BYMOC) has dominated public discourse. More people are recognizing that policy, funding, and institutional reform is urgently needed for our society to effectively begin the process of disrupting dehumanization. Equally important are individual and collective healing from the...

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Join the Forward Promise Village

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!