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Heal, Grow, Thrive: The Podcast is produced and hosted by Forward Promise. Our mission is simple: boys and young men of color thriving! In this podcast, we’ll talk with direct service practitioners, young people, researchers, and leaders in philanthropy to offer a deeper understanding of both the issues facing boys and young men of color and quality solutions for their healing, growing, and thriving. Learn more at
12 Episodes
Dr. Rhonda Bryant talks with Dr. Taquan Stewart about his experience as a principal in South Los Angeles where he re-created his school as a caring institution. He shares many insights about how to focus on the humanity of students, as well as fundamental questions about the role of police in schools.Biography:Dr. Taquan Stewart serves as Faculty Advisor for the CalStateTEACH and Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency (LAUTR) programs at California State University, Los Angeles. In addition, he is Program Director for Project Youth California– a non-profit organization designed to provide additional educational services to underserved youth of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. From 2007 through 2012, Dr. Stewart served as a secondary principal in South Los Angeles. As a teacher educator, Dr. Stewart stresses a humanizing pedagogy. Resources:Transforming Practices in Urban EducationThoughts of a Ghetto Scatterbrain: The EPDisrupting Dehumanization and Affirming the Humanity of Boys and Young Men of Color and their Villages
Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Rhonda Bryant talks with Tamieka Mosley and Nathaniel Smith about the issues faced by African Americans in the South during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and this time of heightened racial tension.Biography:Tamieka Mosley is Director of Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP). GSP seeks to engage Southern-based and national funders on the importance of supporting and achieving equity focused structural change in the South. Nathaniel Smith is Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE). PSE advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.Resources:COVID-19 Community Impact & ResponseGrantmakers for Southern ProgressPartnership for Southern EquityThe South Has Something to Say: COVID-19 and our Chance for TransformationForward Promise
Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Howard Stevenson talks to Anpao Duta Flying Earth, Head of School at Native American Community Academy (NACA) in Albuquerque, NM, about the issues faced by the Native American community during the COVID-19 crisis.Biography:Anpao Duta Flying Earth grew up on the Standing Rock Reservation in rural South Dakota and North Dakota. He is of the Lakota, Dakota, Ojibwe, and Akimel O’odham tribes. Duta joined NACA to assist in founding the charter school in 2006. In his capacity as co-founder and Head of School at NACA, Duta has been instrumental in representing NACA as a premiere example of Indigenous education nationwide. Resources:COVID-19 Community Impact & ResponseNative American Community AcademyForward Promise
Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Howard Stevenson talks to Dr. Angela Diaz,Director of the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, about how their center has shifted rapidly to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and needs of the youth they serve in one of the hardest-hit regions of the country, New York City.Biography:Dr. Diaz, an international leader in adolescent medicine, is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor in Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine, and a member of the Governing Council of the National Academy of Medicine. She is also a member of the Forward Promise National Advisory Committee.Mt. Sinai is one of the nation’s largest adolescent health centers, known for outstanding research and training, and for serving more than 12,000 vulnerable youth each year with confidential health care at no cost to them.Resources:COVID-19 Community Impact & ResponseMt. Sinai Adolescent Health CenterForward Promise
In this candid conversation, Dr. Howard Stevenson speaks with Dr. Tashel Bordere, Assistant Professor for the Department of Human Development and Family Science at University of Missouri, talk about COVID-19 and grief. Dr. Bordere shares how racism, historical trauma, and inequities in health are impacting how communities of color—including her own family—are experiencing the COVID-19 crisis.Biography:Tashel Bordere, PhD is an Assistant Professor, State Extension Specialist, Youth Development at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her research specializes in youth development, dying, loss & bereavement and African-American children, youth and families. Dr. Bordere’s participatory action research and programming areas are focused on Black male youth and family grief, survival and resilience due to historical and contemporary race-based trauma and sudden violent losses. She is also a Forward Promise Leadership Fellow.Resources:COVID-19 Community Impact and ResponseForward Promise
Dr. Rhonda Bryant, speaks with Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), a civil rights organization representing the largest refugee community ever resettled in America. Quyen shares what they have seen as the greatest challenges and needs of the Southeast Asian community due to the COVID-19 crisis and how SEARAC is responding.Biography: Quyen Dinh is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). She leads the organization’s efforts to empower Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities to create a socially just and equitable society through policy advocacy, advocacy capacity building, community engagement, and mobilization. Quyen also serves as a member of the Forward Promise National Advisory Committee.Resources:COVID-19 Community Impact and ResponseSoutheast Asia Resource Action CenterForward Promise
In this conversation, Dr. Howard Stevenson talks with Dr. John Rich and Dr. Ted Corbin about how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted their program, Healing Hurt People, an initiative of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice of Drexel University School of Public Health. Healing Hurt People is a Forward Promise grantee organization.Biography:Dr. John Rich and Dr. Ted Corbin are Co-Directors of The Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA. Their initiative, Healing Hurt People, trains young men who have gone through violence to become first-responders who provide trauma-informed care to victims of violence in Philadelphia hospitals.Resources:COVID-19 Community Impact and ResponseHealing Hurt PeopleForward Promise
Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Howard Stevenson, talks with Vanessa Hernandez and Kate Teague of California Youth Connection (CYC) about the unique challenges that current and former foster youth are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. CYC is a Forward Promise grantee organization.Biography:For more than 30 years, California Youth Connection has been at the forefront of a fundamental paradigm shift in child welfare policy in California and beyond, placing foster youth voice at the center of policymaking for the first time in history. Vanessa Hernandez serves as Deputy Director of Advocacy and Impact and shepherds the organization’s legislative goals to actualization while developing youth into leaders who harness the power of their voices and experiences. Kate Teague is the Lead Community Advocacy Coordinator, where she works with the CYC Chapters in LA County providing technical assistance to support CYC members in developing their leadership and putting their campaigns for change into action both locally and regionally.Resources:COVID-19 Community Impact and ResponseCalifornia Youth ConnectionForward Promise
Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Howard Stevenson, speaks with Michael Byun, Executive Director of Asian Counseling Referral Services (ACRS) about how their organization and services have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. ACRS is a Forward Promise grantee organization.Biography:Michael Byun is the executive director of Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) in Seattle, WA. ACRS promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services.Resources:COVID-19 Community Impact and ResponseAsian Counseling and Referral ServiceForward Promise
Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Rhonda Bryant, interviews Kisha Bird, Youth Policy Director at CLASP about what impact they see COVID-19 having on youth of color, where there are gaps in policy response and assistance, and how their organization is responding to the needs.Biography:Kisha Bird is the director of youth policy at CLASP, a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people. She leads a team of experts focused on economic justice, criminal justice reform, and mental health policy. Kisha is also a member of the Forward Promise National Advisory Committee.Resources:COVID-19 Community ImpactCLASPForward Promise
Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Rhonda Bryant speaks to Gina Womack, Executive Director of Families and Friends of Louisana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)—a Forward Promise grantee—about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their organization and the community they serve.Biography:Gina Womack is the Executive Director of Families and Friends of Lousiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) in New Orleans. FFLIC is a grassroots, state-wide, membership-based, inter-generational organization working to transform the systems that put children at risk of prison. FFLIC is a Forward Promise grantee organization that is partnering with systems to improve services and outcomes for BYMOC.Resources: COVID-19 Community ImpactFamilies & Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated ChildrenForward Promise
Forward Promise Co-Director, Dr. Rhonda Bryant, speaks with Héctor Sánchez-Flores about the impact of COVID-19 on their community and how they are responding. National Compadres Network is a Forward Promise grantee working to ensure that BYMOC heal, grow, and thrive!Speaker Bio:Héctor Sánchez-Flores is the executive director of the National Compadres Network (NCN), a Forward Promise grantee organization, where he leads the organization’s work to promote methods that build upon the cultural and personal assets of people and communities, especially for young men of color, to intervene and prevent violence, truancy, teen pregnancy and other life-limiting outcomes for children, teens, and their families. Resources:COVID-19 Community ImpactNational Compadres NetworkForward Promise
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