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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  • Boston Urban Youth Foundation

    • 2007 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Youth Development

    Boston Urban Youth Foundation’s Building Futures Educational Initiative addresses the issue of violence through early prevention strategies for youth most at risk of future violent behavior—those on a trajectory to school dropout. Building Futures targets chronically truant middle school students and equips them with concrete academic and life skills that ensure school engagement, high school graduation, and college access.

  • Boston Youth Wrestling

    • 2019 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Youth Development

    Using wrestling as a tool and a motivator, Boston Youth Wrestling, teaches youth to successfully overcome socio-economic challenges that lead to educational gaps, poor health and negative community relationships, imparting skills such as self-reliance, discipline and commitment to others that apply both on and off the mat, in school, and beyond.

  • Budget Buddies

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Financial Empowerment
      Gateway Cities
      Women & Girls

    Budget Buddies provides financial education for low-income women by partnering with local social service agencies to build six-month programs that combine classroom instruction with personal, one-to-one coaching.

  • Building Impact

    • 2007 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Social Enterprise

    Building Impact’s mission is to strengthen communities by providing individuals and companies with the knowledge and opportunity to volunteer, donate, and connect in the buildings where they work or live.

  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Gateway Cities

    CMAA provides services, programs, and opportunities to advance the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other ethnic minority groups.

  • Catie's Closet

    • 2015 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Youth Development
      Education & College Access

    Catie’s Closet improves attendance and removes social stigmas by providing up to date clothing and necessities to students living in poverty through innovative in-school free stores.

  • Citizens for Juvenile Justice

    • 2017 Social Innovator

    Citizens for Juvenile Justice advocates for a fair and effective juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. A justice system that is designed to promote the healthy development of youth, so they can grow up to live as responsible and productive adults in their communities.

  • CitySprouts

    • 2008 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Food Insecurity
      Health & Nutrition
      Youth Development

    CitySprouts develops, implements and maintains beautiful, resource-rich school gardens in collaboration with public school communities. Integrated into the curriculum, CitySprouts gardens inspire teachers, students, and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment.

  • Close to Home

    • 2004 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Mental Health
      Women & Girls

    Close to Home harnesses the power of social relationships amongst family and friends of domestic violence victims and works community by community with youth, residents, and organizations who take action to address the problem of domestic and sexual violence together.

  • Coaching4Change

    • 2014 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Gateway Cities
      Youth Development

    Coaching4Change blends coach education, literacy, and leadership to empower and employ teenagers.  Through these programs, Coaching for Change provides out-of-school learning opportunities that keep teens engaged and motivated to graduate while developing employable skills.