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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  • 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 Dream Out Loud Center

    • 2019 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts

    The Dream Out Loud Center (DOLC) in downtown New Bedford is a nonprofit organization that provides a supportive environment for both youth and adults who are pursuing a creative path and/or career. All members participate in classes and utilize DOLC’s writing space, graphic design lab, music production equipment, band space, and recording studio, while also participating in business seminars and career-related discussions. Additionally, program participants are given the chance to be involved in the production of their publications, CDs, television shows, videos, theatrical productions, and/or musical performances.

  • 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.

  • The Urban Farming Institute of Boston

    • 2019 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition

    The Urban Farming Institute of Boston’s (UFI) mission is to develop urban farming as a commercial sector that creates green collar jobs for residents; and to engage urban communities in building a healthier, more just and a more locally based food system. UFI is actively building farms, training farmers, hosting volunteers, providing farm stands, organizing workshops and conferences, offering cooking demonstrations, and promoting environmental justice as UFI establishes the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm as a hub of urban farming.

  • 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.

  • 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.