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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  • 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.

  • Y2Y

    • 2019 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Housing & Homelessness

    Y2Y Network employs a youth-to-youth model to provide a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness. Y2Y’s model creates an intervention point, getting young adults quickly off of the streets, providing emotional and physical stability, and facilitating access to needed resources.

  • 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.