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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.

Forward Promise reflects the Foundation’s belief that it is essential to focus on what makes people healthy—or unhealthy—from a perspective that includes factors outside of the medical care system.

Forward Promise Grantee Videos

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  1. Northside Achievement Zone surrounds young men of color with a supportive community to keep these boys from relying on themselves for security and acceptance.
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  2. This RWJF grantee developed a System of Care to support young men of color from falling out of school and heading into the juvenile justice system.

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Forward Promise Grantee Videos

  • Northside Achievement Zone
  • System of Care
  • Phoenix Indian Center
  • What You Should Know About Young Men of Color
Northside Achievement Zone surrounds young men of color with a supportive community to keep these boys from relying on themselves for security and acceptance.

Forward Promise Grantee Videos

  • Northside Achievement Zone
  • System of Care
  • Phoenix Indian Center
  • What You Should Know About Young Men of Color

Contact

Maisha E. Simmons

Senior Program Officer

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Our Grant Programs

Forward Promise Advisory Committee Members

Learn about the professionals working in the young men of color field who comprise the Forward Promise Advisory Committee.

Meet the members

Forward Promise GrantEES at work

Innovation Grants

Grantee organizations whose groundbreaking work is improving the health and success of young men of color.

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Community Partnerships

Grantees focused on city-based partnerships to support sustainable interventions and solutions to improve outcomes for young men of color.

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Catalyst Grants

Grantees working to improve the health and success of boys and young men of color in rural communities of the American South and Southwest.

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