Social Innovators

The Social Innovation Forum's portfolio of nonprofit Social Innovators and social impact business Impact Entrepreneurs represents a range of social issues including food insecurity, healthy aging, environmental sustainability, youth development, and the arts. Explore our portfolio by year or social issue and read Innovator and Entrepreneur Spotlights to learn what it means to be a part of the Social Innovation Forum.

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  • ACT Lawrence

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Financial Empowerment

    The goal of ACT Lawrence is to educate and empower low- and moderate-income individuals with the skills and knowledge to achieve financial stability and establish a pathway to personal success. ACT Lawrence supports 1,600 people through its seven core programs that provide financial coaching, jobs, benefits referrals, and training.

  • Community Boating Center

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Gateway Cities
      Youth Development

    Community Boating Center of New Bedford teaches positive life values to area youth using sailing and boating as a tool to instill important life lessons in students and instructors, including the values of integrity, sound judgement, teamwork, and environmental awareness. Community Boating Center views itself as a community outreach center connecting Greater New Bedford’s youth with mentors to enhance their lives through boating.

  • Fathers’ Uplift

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Fatherhood

    Fathers’ Uplift assists fathers in overcoming financial, addiction, oppressive, emotional, and traumatic barriers to their engagement in children’s lives. Fathers have a positive and powerful impact on the development and health of children. Fathers’ Uplift helps each father reach their potential for themselves and the children in their lives.

  • GreenRoots

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Health & Nutrition

    GreenRoots is a community-based organization working to achieve environmental justice through collective action, unity, empowerment, and youth leadership. GreenRoots has an impressive track record of resident-led activism that has brought about achieving significant environmental justice accomplishments and public health victories for Chelsea, East Boston, and the region.

  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD)

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Disabilities
      Youth Development

    Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. PYD motivates youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals, and guides organizations in becoming more inclusive.

  • Strategies for Youth (SFY)

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Incarceration

    Strategies for Youth (SFY) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving police/youth interactions and reducing disproportionate minority contact. SFY achieves its mission by training law enforcement how to use developmentally-appropriate, trauma-informed, equitable approaches with youth; teaching youth how to navigate interactions with peers and police; and engaging in policy development and research on structural factors affecting law enforcement’s ability to work effectively with youth.

  • The Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project (PAIR)

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

    The Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) provides free legal services to indigent asylum seekers and detained immigrants, assuring fairness and access to justice. Since 1989, PAIR has served more than 11,000 asylum seekers and detailed immigrants, assisting more than 1,400 clients a year.

  • The Renew Collaborative

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Housing & Homelessness

    The Renew Collaborative is an economically sustainable program that eliminates homelessness due to eviction for families with subsidies and the working poor. The Renew Collaborative’s objective is to scale up the program so that Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to extinguish the eviction crisis.