The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $1.5 million in support of community partnerships working to promote opportunity and health for young men of color.
Awarded as part of the foundation’s $11.5 million Forward Promise initiative, the Community Partnership grants will provide support to collaborations in six cities that bring diverse partners from across a community together to drive progress and increase opportunity for young men and boys of color. The grantees, each of whom will receive about $250,000, provide critical interventions such as mentorship, job training, and school programs that have been proven to make a difference for young people, their families, and their communities. The six grant recipients are NOLA for Life in New Orleans; the Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis; the Phoenix Indian Center in Phoenix; the Safe Schools Consortium in Chicago; the Central Arkansas Boys and Men Success Team in Little Rock; and Project Malama Na Pua, Nurturing the Children in Oahu, Hawaii.
"We are thrilled to announce this new round of grants to improve the health and well-being of boys and young men of color,” said RWJF program officer Maisha Simmons. "These community-driven initiatives bring together diverse partners that are looking to make a collective impact in their cities around issues of education, health, mentorship, and jobs. It is through efforts like these that we'll build a strong culture of health and a pipeline of opportunity for all Americans."