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

Forward Promise - Oakland

New Initiatives to Expand Opportunities for Young Men of Color

A Time for Action lays out a vision from 11 leading philanthropies to increase opportunity for boys and young men of color and benefit the entire country. 

Learn more, and read the executive summary
Forward Promise - Oakland

New Federal Initiative to Expand Opportunity for Young Men of Color

Ten 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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Forward Promise - Oakland

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.

Meet the grantees
New Orleans - Forward Promise - Tyrone Turner - 04/2013

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.

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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.

Read Maisha's updates

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RWJF grantee Clayton County has developed a System of Care to support young men of color from falling out of school and heading into the juvenile justice system. They partnered with local organizations, juvenile courts, and school districts to provide comprehensive services to help young males achieve in the classroom, develop career goals and make healthy decisions.

RWJF grantee Clayton County has developed a System of Care to support young men of color from falling out of school and heading into the juvenile justice system. They partnered with local organizations, juvenile courts, and school districts to provide comprehensive services to help young males achieve in the classroom, develop career goals and make healthy decisions.

Learn more about the grantee

RWJF grantee Clayton County has developed a System of Care to support young men of color from falling out of school and heading into the juvenile justice system. They partnered with local organizations, juvenile courts, and school districts to provide comprehensive services to help young males achieve in the classroom, develop career goals and make healthy decisions.

Learn more about the grantee