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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  • SMART Team

    A division of Justice Resource Institute
    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Mental Health
      Youth Development

    The SMART Team, a division of Justice Resource Institute, provides young people 13-24 years old, with the highest quality of mental health services in the places where they can be reached; their homes, schools, detention centers, DYS facilities, jails and prisons.

  • Social Capital Inc.

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

    Social Capital Inc.'s (SCI) mission is to strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives. SCI envisions a nation where individuals are strongly connected to their neighbors and play an active role in shaping the destiny of their communities. This increase in "social capital" will result in communities that are safer, healthier, and more vital.

  • 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.

  • Strong Women, Strong Girls

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

    Strong Women, Strong Girls supports positive mentoring relationships between college women and pre-adolescent girls in underserved local communities to help raise ambition and combat the dangers of low self-esteem.

  • Tacos Unidos, a former program of Roca

    A Program of Roca
    • 2006 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Social Enterprise
      Youth Development

    Roca’s mission is to disrupt the cycle of incarceration and poverty by helping young people transform their lives. A history of relentless outreach on the streets of the most dangerous urban communities has led Roca to develop and operate an evidence-based intervention model for high-risk young people ages 17 to 24 which was started as Tacos Unidos and evolved into Roca Works.

  • Tempo Young Adult Resource Center

    A program of Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
    • 2012 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Youth Development

    Founded in 2007 as program of Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Tempo is a one-stop resource center for young adults facing extra challenges at the critical point of transition into adulthood. The program focuses on achievement, employment, schooling, healthy relationships, and practical skills to reach future goals. Young adults learn to be leaders, learners, workers, and role models.

  • 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.

  • Treehouse Foundation

    • 2006 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Early Childhood Education
      Youth Development

    The Treehouse Foundation aims to restore and strengthen the health and well-being of children and youth placed in foster care. The organization's "Community" model aims to move children out of the public foster care system and into permanent, loving families.

  • True Colors: Out Youth Theater

    A Program of The Theater Offensive
    • 2008 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts
      LGBTQ
      Youth Development

    True Colors: Out Youth Theater, a program of The Theater Offensive, uses a proven community-based theater approach to train and activate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied youth leaders ages 14-29.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    uAspire

    (formerly ACCESS)
    • 2009 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access

    uAspire, formerly known as ACCESS, works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to – and through – a postsecondary education.