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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  • Generations Incorporated

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Early Childhood Education
      Healthy Aging

    Generations Incorporated strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through grade 3. The organization also provides meaningful opportunities to older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in partner schools and after school programs in low-income communities.

  • Girls’ LEAP

    (Lifetime Empowerment and Awareness Program)
    • 2008 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Women & Girls
      Youth Development

    Girls’ LEAP (Lifetime Empowerment and Awareness Program) empowers girls and young women to value and champion their own safety and well-being. Girls' LEAP interrupts the cycle of violence by teaching girls that they have a right to be safe and how to defend themselves if necessary. They partner with local schools and community centers to deliver empowerment and self-defense services to girls aged 8-18 in Greater Boston.

  • 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.

  • GRLZradio

    • 2013 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Women & Girls
      Workforce Development
      Youth Development

    GRLZradio is a unique program that gives girls from Boston the opportunity to change their lives and their communities. The girls learn radio technology and communication skills and spread the message of possibility rather than despair; respect rather than abuse.

  • Groundwork Lawrence

    • 2013 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Youth Development
      Environmental Sustainability
      Civic Engagement
      Food Insecurity
      Gateway Cities

    Through its environmental and open space improvements, healthy food access programs, youth education, employment initiatives, and community programming and events, Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) creates the building blocks of a healthy community and empowers Lawrence residents to improve their quality of life.

  • Hale

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Environmental Sustainability
      Health & Nutrition
      Youth Development

    Hale offers educational and recreational opportunities that develop self-confidence, inspire a passion for learning, and encourage an appreciation for the natural environment through camps, school partnerships, and team building programs.

  • Haley House

    • 2003 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Financial Empowerment
      Workforce Development

    Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence. Haley House's social enterprise café serves as a vehicle for teaching skills to under-employed adults and teenagers through a bakery training program that offers six months of paid instruction in basic baking and food service skills.

  • Hearth Outreach Program

    • 2009 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Healthy Aging
      Housing & Homelessness
      Mental Health

    Hearth is dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly. Hearth's Outreach Program seeks to reach all people ages 50 or above who are currently living on Boston's streets and in homeless shelters or who are at risk of homelessness.

  • Home & Healthy for Good

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Housing & Homelessness

    Home & Healthy for Good (HHG) provides housing, support services, and advocacy for chronically homeless people across Massachusetts.

  • Incarcerated Youth at Play

    A program of the Actors' Shakespeare Project
    • 2007 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts
      Youth Development

    Incarcerated Youth at Play, an initiative of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, serves court involved youth under the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS), and sometimes in treatment centers connected to the Department of Social Services (DSS). Over a period of 3-16 weeks, the organization's teaching artists work in residence in treatment and assessment centers creating an ensemble with youth who explore Shakespeare’s plays and write, sing, dance, rehearse, and perform.