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New Funding Opportunity: Help Boys and Young Men of Color Thrive

If it takes a village to raise a child, what does it take to create healthy villages for boys and young men of color? Good schools? Affordable healthcare? Economic stability? Justice? 


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked through a broad set of investments, collectively called Forward Promise, to expand and promote the health and well-being of boys and young men of color. Focusing on opportunity-instead of risk factors—Forward Promise aims to ensure that these young men heal, grow, and thrive in the face of racialized trauma.

The Forward Promise: Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization initiative seeks applications from community-based organizations and/or institutions partnering with youth-serving systems—such as juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and housing—that use culturally relevant and evidence—supported approaches to promote individual healing and help improve the way systems, policies, and practices serve boys and young men of color.

Learn more about eligibility and application requirements.