Forward Promise

Empowering boys and young men of color to heal, grow and thrive.

Forward Promise aims to improve health and enable success in school, work, and life.

Boys and young men of color (BYMOC) are critically important members of their communities and contributors to society. Unfortunately, however, challenges with neighborhoods, housing, schools, jobs, and economic security often lead to limited positive options—and long-term challenges for health.

Forward Promise is an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which is working to strengthen the supportive networks and relationships that surround BYMOC and their families.

In communities around the nation, and in collaboration with numerous other foundations and organizations, the program is working to advance solutions and create "healthy villages" that enable BYMOC to grow up healthy and reach their fullest potential.

"I Am Human" - Disrupting the Dehumanization of Boys and Young Men of Color

"I Am Human" - Disrupting the Dehumanization of Boys and Young Men of Color

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"I Am Human" - Disrupting the Dehumanization of Boys and Young Men of Color

At the center of dehumanization is the pervasive idea that people of color do not need, and are not worthy of, basic human dignities. Foward Promise describes how dehumanization threatens the healthy development of boys and young men of color (BYMOC).
At the center of dehumanization is the pervasive idea that people of color do not need, and are not worthy of, basic human dignities. Foward Promise describes how dehumanization threatens the healthy development of boys and young men of color (BYMOC).

"I Am Human" - Disrupting the Dehumanization of Boys and Young Men of Color

At the center of dehumanization is the pervasive idea that people of color do not need, and are not worthy of, basic human dignities. Foward Promise describes how dehumanization threatens the healthy development of boys and young men of color (BYMOC).

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RWJF supports programs to help everyone in our nation have the opportunity to live healthier lives.

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