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Call For Proposals: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Forward Promise is a $9.5 million initiative that focuses on innovative, community-based projects working to strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color.  With this call for proposals RWJF will award up to 10 grants of up to $500,0oo each to  support projects with preliminary evidence of impact in the following areas:

  • Alternative approaches to harsh school discipline that do not push students out of school
  • Solutions that focus on dropout prevention and increasing middle school retention and high school graduation rates
  • Mental health interventions that tailor approaches to boys and young men who have experienced and/or been exposed to violence and trauma
  • Career training programs that blend workforce and education emphases to ensure that students are college- and career-ready

Forward Promise reflects RWJF’s belief that it is essential to focus on what makes people healthy – or unhealthy – from a perspective that includes factors outside of the medical care system.  Social influences rooted in neighborhoods, housing, schools, jobs, and economic security have a powerful effect on our health.  Across most of these areas, however, boys and young men of color often have limited positive options.  Have a program with the potential to achieve fundamental breakthroughs in improving outcomes for young men of color?  Learn more about Forward Promise and submit a proposal today by visiting this site:

Application Deadline: October 10, 2012

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