The Catalyst grant program adds even more momentum to a growing movement to expand opportunities for young men of color. Yet, this initiative is also unique in that it represents the nation’s largest private investment in young men of color in rural communities and includes the largest targeted investment in Latino and Native American young men to date.
“We are pleased to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to expand opportunities for boys and young men of color in critical regions of our country. The Catalyst grants are an innovative, forward thinking approach that goes beyond traditional grantmaking,” said Berta Colón, President of Public Interest Projects.
RWJF launched Forward Promise in 2012 as part of its commitment to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to life a healthy life and the resources to make healthy choices. The initiative focuses on young men of color because they are more likely to grow up in poverty, live in unsafe neighborhoods, and attend schools that lack the basic resources and supports that kids need in order to thrive. These community grants represent the third and final round of funding through Forward Promise.
About Public Interest Projects
Founded in 1983, Public Interest Projects works with donors who share a vision and commitment to creating a society that ensures justice, dignity and opportunity for all people. Public Interest Projects offers expert advice and an array of professional services to help donors translate their ideas into a strategic giving plan that reflects their values, and is designed to achieve maximum impact. We partner with individuals and institutions that are inspired to share their ideas to create sustainable social change. In the last 11 years alone we have strategically invested $174.6 million to strengthen the social justice infrastructure across the country.