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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  • Maritime Apprentice Program

    (formerly a program of Hull Lifesaving Museum)
    • 2009 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Health & Nutrition
      Youth Development

    The Maritime Apprentice Program (MAP) is an intensive, multi-year program that prepares Boston’s most high-risk, Department of Youth Services (DYS)-committed youth for adult responsibilities and careers in the technical trades. Working out of its Seaport boat shop, MAP provides hands-on, skills-based training, in combination with counseling and work readiness preparation. Originally a program of the Hull LIfesaving Museum, MAP was acquired by College Bound Dorchester in 2015.

  • Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH)

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Financial Empowerment

    MassCOSH engages youth and adults as leaders in promoting jobs that pay family sustaining wages and allow workers to return home safe and well.

  • Massachusetts Public Health Association

    • 2015 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Civic Engagement
      Health & Nutrition

    Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) builds local leaders, drives policy change, and engages a network of activists across the state to take action for healthy communities. MPHA seeks to eliminate health inequities and create healthy communities for all.

  • Massachusetts Senior Action Council

    • 2011 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Healthy Aging

    Massachusetts Senior Action Council is a statewide, grassroots, senior-led organization that empowers its members to use their own voices to address key public policy and community issues that affect their health and well-being.

  • MathPOWER

    • 2011 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Youth Development
      Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
      Education & College Access

    MathPOWER’s mission is to transform the lives of urban youth by developing proficiency in advanced mathematics and personal resiliency. MathPOWER envisions a world in which all students achieve competency in advanced mathematics, which serves as a gateway to lifelong learning and a productive career.

  • Medicine Wheel Productions

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts
      Civic Engagement
      Youth Development

    Medicine Wheel Productions engages young people and adults in constructive dialogue through public art to help them build awareness of self, community, and the human condition.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    Mill City Grows

    • 2014 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Food Insecurity
      Gateway Cities
      Health & Nutrition

    Mill City Grows fosters food justice by improving physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education.

  • More Than Words

    • 2009 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Housing & Homelessness
      Social Enterprise
      Workforce Development
      Youth Development

    More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, café, and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    My Life My Choice

    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Women & Girls
      Youth Development

    My Life My Choice is a nationally recognized initiative designed to stem the tide of commercial sexual exploitation of adolescents through survivor-led programs that educate and empower youth to create a positive life path while working to eliminate the violence and victimization of sexual exploitation.

  • Mystic River Watershed Association

    • 2015 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Environmental Sustainability
      Civic Engagement

    Mystic River Watershed Association works to protect and restore the Mystic River, its lakes, tributaries, and watershed lands and to improve local environmental conditions for the more than one half million residents of the Mystic River Watershed.