Forward Promise Fellows are actively engaged in disrupting the cycle of dehumanization in communities of color, in youth-serving systems, and within community-based direct-service organizations or initiatives. We seek individuals who are representative of, and deeply rooted within, the communities they serve. These individuals use a variety of culturally responsive healing modalities—such as storytelling, art, and Indigenous healing practices—that promote healing, growing, and thriving for young people of color. Forward Promise Fellows draw from their lived experience to demonstrate that they intimately value the safety, well-being, and full expression of humanity of young people of color and their communities. They employ an asset-based approach to their work with and for them.


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