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.

Blog

Jogging on a sunny spring day is normal. Chasing, shooting, and murdering a Black man while he is jogging is NOT normal. Playing music outside and enjoying yourself is normal. Being shot and killed because someone else does not like your music is NOT...

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Over the past month, I have used the word “unprecedented” more times than I can count. That is because I did not know how to fully explain what was happening to our world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even still, unprecedented did not feel like a strong enough word. I...

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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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Recent News

| 11.07.19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            MEDIA CONTACT: Lowell Dempsey ldempsey@burness.com 301-280-5741 Seven community-based organizations receive funding to improve the health and well-being of...

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| 10.01.19

Following Dr. Bryant’s presentation to the Baton Rouge community on disrupting dehumanization, Metromorphosis, under the leadership of Forward Promise Fellow, Raymond Jetson, developed a downloadable report and summary entitled “Disrupting Dehumanization,” shared in its October...

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11.07.19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            MEDIA CONTACT: Lowell Dempsey ldempsey@burness.com 301-280-5741 Seven community-based organizations receive funding to improve the health and well-being of...

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Next Event

03.13.20

Forward Promise Presenting w/ Leadership Fellows Raymond Jetson (Metropmorphosis: Baton Rouge, LA) and Karla McCoullough (Juanita Sims Doty Foundation, Jackson,...

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