Forward Promise is pleased to announce seven organizations to be funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) under the Forward Promise: Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization grant opportunity. All seven of the following organizations will receive grant awards in the amount of $150,000 for an 18-month period and will begin on October 15, 2019. The total cost of funding the seven projects is $1.05 million.

One of the primary goals of the initiative is to advance a broader understanding of the impact of community based organizations working with systems to disrupt the harmful and dehumanizing practices that traumatize boys and young men of color (BYMOC) and their communities. Additionally, to show how such partnerships contribute to positive outcomes and improved well-being in the lives of BYMOC. Given the unique and specific focus of the initiative, we are pleased with the number of applicants.

Partnering with Systems Grantees

Communities United

Project Title: Informing the Illinois Mental & Behavioral Health System Through the Lived Experiences and Voices of BYMOC
Chicago, Illinois

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Project Title: RYSE Health Home for Young People of Color – Systems Change Praxis
Richmond, California

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Supporting Specialized Programming for Young Adult Justice
Lowell, Massachusetts

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Empowerment Grantees


Amistades is a Latino non-profit community development organization committed to providing culturally responsive services, advocacy for social justice and community empowerment.

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Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Asian Counseling and Referral Service promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born.

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Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice works to interrupt the cycles of violence and poverty by motivating and empowering young people that have been impacted directly and indirectly by the criminal justice system to make positive changes in their lives and prepare them to become the community leaders of today.

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Deep Center

Deep Center helps young people connect their learning to their lives and their lives to their communities. Addressing the detrimental effects of poverty on literacy and healthy development, Deep Center challenges young people to engage with language and their stories through writing, reading, and performance.

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Fathers and Families Research Resource Center

Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center works to build a noble legacy of fatherhood – assisting fathers in achieving self-sufficiency and in strengthening families to improve the life chances of children.

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Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation

Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a healthier, stronger community with an emphasis on HIV and related health issues.

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National Compadres Network

National Compadres Network (NCN) works to strengthen and re-root the capacity of individuals, families and communities to honor, rebalance, and redevelop the authentic identity, values, traditions and indigenous practices of Chicano, Latino, Native, Raza and other communities of color as the path to the honoring of all their relations and lifelong well-being.

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Native American Community Academy

Native American Community Academy works to engage students, educators, families, and community in creating a school that will prepare its students to grow from adolescence to adulthood and begin strengthening communities.

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