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.
Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)
Grants and Grant Programs
RWJF supports programs to help everyone in our nation have the opportunity to live healthier lives.
Funding OpportunityForward Promise: Empowerment Projects
April 5, 2017
Forward Promise aims to promote opportunities for boys and young men of color (BYMOC) to heal, grow, and thrive in the face of chronic stress and trauma.
ReportA Time For Action
June 5, 2014
Read the recommendations from 11 major foundations on how to improve health, education, and employment opportunities for young men of color.
BriefInvesting in Boys and Young Men of Color
February 1, 2013
Policies and practices that support young men of color in their teen years can help put them on the path to lead healthy and productive lives. Young men of color face more obstacles in education, employment, and health than their white peers.
Supporting the Partnership for Male Health in sponsoring the 2018 National Summit on Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health
Fri Apr 13 00:00:00 EDT 2018
To improve the health of young men and boys of color and enhance their opportunities for success in school, work, and life by supporting a community of practice dedicated to systems and practice changes that elevate the importance of trauma-informed care.
Providing technical assistance and direction to RWJF's new Forward Promise initiative, 2018
Tue Dec 19 00:00:00 EST 2017
Supporting a planning phase of an evaluation of the Forward Promise national program
Thu Nov 09 00:00:00 EST 2017
The Foundation's Forward Promise initiative was designed to improve the health of young men and boys of color and enhance their opportunities for success in school, work, and life by supporting a community of practice dedicated to systems and practice changes that elevate the importance of trauma-informed care.