Forward Promise

An $11.5 million initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on promoting opportunities for the health and success of middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color.

A new $9.5 million initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on promoting opportunities for the health and success of middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color.

Recent News

New Federal Initiative to Expand Opportunity for Young Men of Color

New Federal Initiative to Expand Opportunity for Young Men of Color

10 of America's leading foundations announced a joint effort to help young men of color reach their full potential in school, work and life. Program Officer Maisha Simmons was at the White House to mark this latest milestone in a growing movement to improve lifelong outcomes for young men, and build a culture of health that provides all in our society with an equal opportunity for good health.

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Announcing the Forward Promise Innovation Grantees

Announcing the Forward Promise Innovation Grantees

RWJF awards $5 Million to advance efforts improving health and success of young men of color. Ten grantees were selected to spread impact of programs that strengthen connections to education, employment, and good health.

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Young Men of Color, Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline

Young Men of Color, Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline

The Grio highlights RWJF's Forward Promise initiative and features two of the ten new Forward Promise grantees.

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RWJF Joins Major Initiative to Aid Boys and Men of Color

RWJF Joins Major Initiative to Aid Boys and Men of Color

Twenty-six foundations commit to forming a national philanthropic alliance to evaluate promising approaches, advocate for effective public policy and systems change, and invest young men of color as assets for America’s future.

2013 Gathering of Leaders

2013 Gathering of Leaders

In June 2013, the second annual Gathering of Leaders convened front-line innovators, scholars, policy-makers, funders, media professionals and advocates for ongoing information sharing and strategy development in the young men of color field.

Connect with Maisha Simmons

Connect with Maisha Simmons

Program Officer

As RWJF's Program Officer for Forward Promise, Maisha is on the frontlines of the Foundation's grantmaking strategy to improve the health and success of young boys and men of color.

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