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Nov. 27 - Deep Center Receives $150,000 Grant to Improve the Health of Boys and Young Men of Color

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 27, 2019 - Deep Center has received a $150,000 grant from Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant will support Deep Center’s efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of boys and young men of color. 

The award supports Deep Center’s work over 18 months to foster the healing, thriving and creative leadership of boys and young men of color as well as to collaborate with institutions in Chatham County to remove systemic barriers for boys and young men of color. Key partners include the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, the Chatham County Juvenile Court, Healthy Savannah and educational research scholars at the University of Georgia’s College of Education and Georgia Southern University’s Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading. 

“When it comes to creating pathways for boys and young men of color to heal, grow and thrive, Chatham County must do better,” said Deep Center Executive Director Dare Dukes. “Chatham County unfortunately has a national reputation for over-disciplining and over-policing boys and young men of color. Renewed support from Forward Promise will enable us to partner with our schools, courts and other institutions to use a systems-level approach to writing a better story for Chatham County’s boys of color.”

After a highly competitive process that invited hundreds of applications from organizations nationwide, Deep Center was named one of just seven national organizations to receive a grant from Forward Promise. Each organization will partner with a local youth-serving system such as juvenile justice, child welfare or health. Together, the partnering organizations will identify current practices that harm and dehumanize boys and young men of color and lift up solutions that are more humane, culturally grounded and consistent with positive youth development approaches.

“Ending dehumanization is a collaborative effort, one that requires communities and systems to find new ways to affirm boys and young men of color through both narratives and decision-making,” said Rhonda Bryant, co-director of Forward Promise. “Our hope is that these new partnerships will create healthy, supportive villages that wrap around our young people and enable them to heal, grow and thrive.”

A full list of the grantees selected for the Forward Promise: Partnering with Systems to Disrupt Dehumanization initiative is available here.

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