Heal Grow Thrive: The Podcast

Heal, Grow, Thrive: The Podcast is produced and hosted by Forward Promise. Our mission is simple: boys and young men of color thriving! In this podcast, we’ll talk with direct service practitioners, young people, researchers, and leaders in philanthropy to offer a deeper understanding of both the issues facing boys and young men of color and quality solutions for their healing, growing, and thriving.

Disrupting Dehumanization in Mental Health Services: A New Paradigm

Listen and share this dynamic conversation with Clifton Uckerman! Clifton is no stranger to the Forward Promise family as he is one of our beloved Fellow alums from the inaugural cohort of the Forward Promise Fellowship for Leaders. Additionally and most importantly, perhaps, Clifton is a Neuro-Psychotherapist With an Evolutionary Medicine Perspective and Medical Approach […]

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Supporting Healing & Creating Structure Amidst Chaos

In this episode, Dr. Rhonda Bryant speaks with Dr. LaNail R. Plummer, Chief Executive Officer of the Onyx Therapy Group. As a leading professional in the mental health field, Dr. Plummer is committed to improving the lifestyles of others through the aspects of mental health and character development.  A United States Military Veteran and the […]

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Healing Bias, Racism & Other STDs (Socially Transmitted Diseases)

Our guest for this episode is Dr. Dana Crawford, a pediatric and clinical psychologist. She is a graduate of Howard, Temple, and Miami universities and has degrees in African-American studies, education, and psychology, and certifications in practical nursing, medical hypnosis, and biofeedback. She is also a Scholar-in-Residence in Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute. Finally, she is […]

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Food for the Soul: Healing Through Food Justice & Equity

We are kicking off Season 4 of our podcast with an amazing episode and guest: William Jennings is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America where he studied Culinary Arts and Applied Food Studies where he gained a professional understanding of the culinary industry. Seeking to gain additional knowledge of the food system, he […]

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Mentoring Young Men of Color on a Path Towards Self-Improvement

In this episode, we’ll talk to Jessiah Paul, co-founder of the non-profit Next Generation Project, a mentoring program for youth geared explicitly toward young men with focusing on self-improvement, about his activism and organizing to address community violence Jessiah is local to Newark, NJ, and a recent graduate of Rutgers University where he earned a […]

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Being a Black Youth Activist in the Deep South

In this episode, we talk to Brianna Branker-McLean, a member of the Action Research Team at Deep Center, social media fellow for Seeds of Fire, and a soon-to-be college student in Portland, OR.  She shares her experience of growing up as a first-generation American with Caribbean roots in the deep South and how those experiences […]

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Being a Black Woman in Law School & Advocating for Racial Equity Policies

In this episode, Moriah Group intern, Bikhari Reyes – an aspiring law student and future lawyer – has the opportunity to chat with former intern, DaNia Henry, a recent graduate of Georgetown University Law Center beginning her career in law.  They discuss DaNia’s experiences as a young professional Black woman navigating institutions of higher learning […]

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College, COVID, & Career: Meet the Interns!

In this episode, the first of our Summer Series featuring youth and young adult voices, we give our audience a deeper look into the lives, perspectives, and experiences of our dynamic Moriah Group interns. Bikhari & Jaela have a conversation with one another about how they have navigated COVID, college, and racial unrest over the […]

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Healing Lessons from the Pacific Islander Community

“Every month is PI Heritage Month for me. Colonization meant the banning and suppression of our cultures, so to claim and study it now feels revolutionary.” – Tavae Samuelu In this episode with Tavae Samuelu, she shares healing lessons from the Pacific Islander community from historical trauma and toxic stress rooted in the dehumanization of […]

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Bringing Humanity Back to Schools: A Conversation with Dr. Taquan Stewart

Dr. Rhonda Bryant talks with Dr. Taquan Stewart about his experience as a principal in South Los Angeles where he re-created his school as a caring institution. He shares many insights about how to focus on the humanity of students, as well as fundamental questions about the role of police in schools. Biography:Dr. Taquan Stewart […]

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The South Has Something to Say: A Conversation with Tamieka Mosley & Nathaniel Smith

Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Rhonda Bryant talks with Tamieka Mosley and Nathaniel Smith about the issues faced by African Americans in the South during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and this time of heightened racial tension. Biography:Tamieka Mosley is Director of Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP). GSP seeks to engage Southern-based and national funders on the […]

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COVID-19 Community Response: A Conversation with Anpao Duta Flying Earth

Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Howard Stevenson talks to Anpao Duta Flying Earth, Head of School at Native American Community Academy (NACA) in Albuquerque, NM, about the issues faced by the Native American community during the COVID-19 crisis. Biography:Anpao Duta Flying Earth grew up on the Standing Rock Reservation in rural South Dakota and North Dakota. […]

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COVID-19 Community Response: A Conversation with Angela Diaz

Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Howard Stevenson talks to Dr. Angela Diaz,Director of the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, about how their center has shifted rapidly to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and needs of the youth they serve in one of the hardest-hit regions of the country, New York City. Biography:Dr. Diaz, an international leader […]

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COVID-19 Community Response: A Conversation with Tashel Bordere

In this candid conversation, Dr. Howard Stevenson speaks with Dr. Tashel Bordere, Assistant Professor for the Department of Human Development and Family Science at University of Missouri, talk about COVID-19 and grief. Dr. Bordere shares how racism, historical trauma, and inequities in health are impacting how communities of color—including her own family—are experiencing the COVID-19 […]

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COVID-19 Community Response: A Conversation with Quyen Dinh

Dr. Rhonda Bryant, speaks with Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), a civil rights organization representing the largest refugee community ever resettled in America. Quyen shares what they have seen as the greatest challenges and needs of the Southeast Asian community due to the COVID-19 crisis and how SEARAC […]

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COVID-19 Community Response: A Conversation with John Rich & Ted Corbin

In this conversation, Dr. Howard Stevenson talks with Dr. John Rich and Dr. Ted Corbin about how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted their program, Healing Hurt People, an initiative of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice of Drexel University School of Public Health. Healing Hurt People is a Forward Promise grantee organization. Biography: Dr. […]

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COVID-19 Community Response: A Conversation with Vanessa Hernandez & Kate Teague

Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Howard Stevenson, talks with Vanessa Hernandez and Kate Teague of California Youth Connection (CYC) about the unique challenges that current and former foster youth are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. CYC is a Forward Promise grantee organization. Biography:For more than 30 years, California Youth Connection has been at […]

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COVID-19 Community Response: A Conversation with Michael Byun

Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Howard Stevenson, speaks with Michael Byun, Executive Director of Asian Counseling Referral Services (ACRS) about how their organization and services have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. ACRS is a Forward Promise grantee organization. Biography:Michael Byun is the executive director of Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) in Seattle, WA. ACRS […]

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COVID-19 Community Response: A Conversation with Kisha Bird

Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Rhonda Bryant, interviews Kisha Bird, Youth Policy Director at CLASP about what impact they see COVID-19 having on youth of color, where there are gaps in policy response and assistance, and how their organization is responding to the needs. Biography:Kisha Bird is the director of youth policy at CLASP, a national, […]

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COVID-19 Community Response: A Conversation with Gina Womack

Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Rhonda Bryant speaks to Gina Womack, Executive Director of Families and Friends of Louisana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)—a Forward Promise grantee—about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their organization and the community they serve.Biography:Gina Womack is the Executive Director of Families and Friends of Lousiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) in New Orleans. […]

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COVID-19 Community Response: A Conversation with Hector Sanchez-Flores

Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Rhonda Bryant, speaks with Héctor Sánchez-Flores about the impact of COVID-19 on their community and how they are responding. National Compadres Network is a Forward Promise grantee working to ensure that BYMOC heal, grow, and thrive! Speaker Bio:Héctor Sánchez-Flores is the executive director of the National Compadres Network (NCN), a Forward […]

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