Research & Resources

An important part of Forward Promise’s mission is to identify and share relevant research and resources that support healthy village-making for boys and young men of color. Please download, share and suggest new references at info@forwardpromise.org.

Beyond Statements and Hashtags: Effective Practices to Disrupt Dehumanization

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 compromises the health and healing […]

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Documenting Culturally Relevant Healing Practices

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 layers of intergenerational, community, and […]

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Healing Work: An Action Guide to Equitable Grantmaking Supporting Youth of Color

Healing Work: An Action Guide to Equitable Grantmaking Supporting Youth of Color outlines an intentional equity approach that helps philanthropies to interrogate their funding practices to ensure alignment with their goals. Equitable grantmaking can only happen with an overt commitment to stop replicating the deep and documented history of racial disparity in funding. To rectify […]

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Impact of COVID-19 in Communities of Color

The Forward Promise Village of grantees have pivoted in these past few weeks to respond to the rapidly unfolding, multi-faceted crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our most vulnerable communities and populations have been hard hit by this disaster. Forward Promise coordinated several approaches to gain a deeper understanding of our grantees’ needs and what […]

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Disrupting Dehumanization and Affirming the Humanity of BYMOC and Their Villages

Source: Forward Promise National Program Office

What is dehumanization? It is the persistent invalidation of humanity through perceptions or actual treatment. At the center of dehumanization is the pervasive idea that people of color do not need, and are not worthy of basic human dignities. Dehumanization threatens the healthy development of BYMOC and their villages and manifests in the narratives, policies, […]

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Employment Pathways for Boys and Young Men of Color: Solutions and Strategies That Can Make a Difference

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group

Employment is an important part of youth development and the successful progression into young adulthood. Young people learn important communication and social skills, and are also exposed to careers, workplace culture, and opportunities to hone problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Research reinforces the importance of early work experience, especially for poor and low-income youth. Youth employment […]

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Early Childhood Expulsions and Suspensions Undermine Our Nation’s Most Promising Agent of Opportunity and Social Justice

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group

High quality early care and education programs for children birth through four-years old have been shown to produce meaningful positive impacts in the lives of young children, especially for children of low-income families dealing with the stressors and lack of enrichment opportunities that all-to-often accompany financial disadvantage (Gilliam, 2009; Pianta, Barnett, Burchinal, & Thornburg, 2009). […]

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Improving High School Graduation Rates Among Males of Color

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group

Young males of color constitute a disproportionately high percentage of our nation’s non-high school graduate population. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that in 2012, 7% of all U.S. 16- to 24-year-olds were not enrolled in school and had not earned a high school diploma or equivalency credential. That same year, […]

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School Discipline Reform and Advocacy

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group

Across the country, school systems are shutting the doors of academic opportunity on students and funneling them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The combination of overly harsh school policies and an increased role of law enforcement in schools have created a “school-to-prison pipeline,” in which punitive measures such as suspensions, expulsions, and school-based […]

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Addressing Trauma Among Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Boys of Color

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group

A growing body of research reveals that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people experience a disproportionate amount of mental health challenges when compared with those who are heterosexual and cisgender. LGBTQ people, in general, have a higher prevalence of suicidal thoughts, attempts, and completions (Hatzenbuehler, 2011); depression and anxiety (Cochran, Sullivan, & Mays, […]

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Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities

Source: RWJF

As an integral component of the effort to build a national Culture of Health, RWJF looks for ways to grow support across sectors to address disparities in health and opportunity that affect young men of color. The Issue Young men of color (ages 12–18) who grow up in poverty, live in unsafe neighborhoods, and attend […]

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