Forward Promise Program Moves to Penn Graduate School of Education

The Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania has announced a $12 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to relaunch the Forward Promise National Program Office.

Originally developed and managed by RWJF, the office will work to promote a culture of health for middle- and high-school-aged boys and young men of color by focusing on limiting the effects of trauma and fostering healing. Led by the director of Penn GSE's Racial Empowerment Collaborative, psychologist Howard Stevenson, Forward Promise will continue to award grants to nonprofits, provide technical assistance and field-building support to organizations seeking to impact boys and young men of color, and disseminate timely research.

"We know that boys and young men of color all over this country have many gifts that our society needs," said Stevenson. "It's in everyone's interests to facilitate their healthy development so that we might all benefit from the dreams and talents they have within them."

"RWJF is excited about this next phase of Forward Promise," said RWJF senior program officer Maisha Simmons. "We hope that better understanding the burden that persistent trauma, violence, and adversity imposes on the health of boys and men of color, and strengthening and spotlighting approaches for healing and growth, will set us on a solid course for making sure that our young people have the opportunity to thrive."

"Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Penn GSE Launch Forward Promise." University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Press Release 02/15/2017.