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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  • United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)

    • 2008 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Gateway Cities
      Youth Development

    UTEC's mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of the most disconnected youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC serves proven-risk youth from both Lowell and Lawrence, MA and its long-term vision is to serve as a model for other youth agencies across the Commonwealth and beyond.

  • Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID)

    • 2004 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Housing & Homelessness
      Social Enterprise
      Youth Development

    Viet-AID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care services.

  • Waypoint Adventure

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

    Waypoint Adventure helps youth and adults with disabilities discover their purpose, talents, and strengths through the transforming power of adventure.

  • WorkExpress

    A program of Father Bill's & MainSpring
    • 2012 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Housing & Homelessness
      Social Enterprise
      Workforce Development

    A program of Father Bill's & MainSpring,WorkExpress is a social enterprise that employs homeless men and women in commercial cleaning, landscaping, and apartment rehab, working for a variety of business customers. Participants also receive help with housing, case management, soft skills and employment training. Living and working together, they gain confidence, skills and stability, with the goal of graduating with both a job and housing within a year.

  • Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships

    A Program of Project Hope
    • 2010 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Financial Empowerment
      Workforce Development

    Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships (WDEP), a program of Project Hope was founded to assist low-income residents of Boston, particularly single mothers from the Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods. WDEP provides the link between community residents and work supporting them with, job readiness training, access to career ladder job opportunities and ongoing case management support for a full year after job placement.

  • WriteBoston

    • 2006 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Youth Development

    WriteBoston promotes deep learning through writing. The organization offers training and coaching for teachers, along with writing opportunities for students, built on the premise that powerful thinking and writing are inseparable.

  • Year Up

    • 2003 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Financial Empowerment
      Workforce Development
      Youth Development

    Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

  • Zumix

    • 2006 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts
      Youth Development

    ZUMIX is an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to building our community through music and the arts. Their award-winning music and creative technology programming is designed to equip youth with the tools necessary to reach their full potential, while creating a safe space for youth to explore who they are and who they want to be.