Forward Promise Innovation Grants

RWJF selects ten grantee organizations whose groundbreaking work is improving the health and success of young men of color

These grantees are just a sample of the bright spots in our communities across the country; they are helping young men of color from diverse backgrounds and experiences navigate and overcome significant challenges in their lives, and they are having some amazing results. Investing in these programs is a statement of RWJF’s commitment and ability to help change the narrative for these young men from one of distress to one of hope.”

Maisha Simmons, program officer

Meet the Forward Promise Community Innovation Grantees

Through Forward Promise, RWJF is investing in best practices and successful models around the nation that can be strengthened and spread to help boys and young men of color grow up healthy and lead successful lives. The following 10 grantee organizations were selected for their innovative, community-based programs that strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men.

Each grantee will receive a 30-month grant of approximately $500,000 to advance work in one or more of the following areas to improve outcomes for African-American, Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, and/or Native American young men:

  1. school discipline approaches that do not push students out of school
  2. early interventions that focus on dropout prevention and increasing middle school retention and high school graduation rates
  3. mental health solutions tailored to young men who have been exposed to violence and trauma
  4. career-training programs that address both education and employment to ensure that youth are college- and career-ready.
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46%

of African American males and 44% of Latino males do not have a high school diploma

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