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Social Innovation Forum

2010 Social Innovators

Generations Incorporated

Year

2010

Social Issue Track

Healthy Aging: Fostering Vibrant Lifestyles among Older Adults 60+

Social Issue Track Sponsor

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

About Social Innovator

Generations Incorporated strengthens individuals and communities in Greater Boston by uniting older adults ages 55+ seeking meaningful opportunities for community service with first to fourth grade students in need of literacy tutoring. Each year, the organization engages over 300 older adult volunteer “members” to deliver the nationally recognized Experience Corps literacy intervention to more than 2,000 public school students.

Home & Healthy for Good

Year

2010

Social Issue Track

Housing and Homelessness: Finding Solutions to Greater Boston’s Housing Challenges

Social Issue Track Sponsor

Highland Street Foundation

About Social Innovator

Home & Healthy for Good (HHG) provides housing, support services, and advocacy for chronically homeless people across Massachusetts. Chronically homeless individuals, those who have experienced repeated or extended stays on the street or in temporary shelter, have unique vulnerabilities and have been underserved by the traditional emergency shelter model.

Medicine Wheel Productions

Year

2010

Social Issue Track

Youth Arts and Advocacy: Ensuring the Sustainability and Impact of Youth Arts

Social Issue Track Sponsor

Hunt Alternatives Fund and the Elizabeth B. Kreske Foundation

About Social Innovator

Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) engages young people and adults in constructive dialogue through public art to help them build awareness of self, community, and the human condition. Every day, MWP sees the healing and transformative effects of art on individuals and communities and envisions a world where art furthers reconciliation, civic engagement, inclusion, and peaceful coexistence.

My Life My Choice Project

Year

2010

Social Issue Track

Women and Girls: Meeting Their Needs by Design

Social Issue Track Sponsor

Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation

About Social Innovator

The My Life My Choice Project is a nationally recognized, groundbreaking initiative designed to stem the tide of commercial sexual exploitation of adolescent girls. A program of the Justice Resource Institute, MLMC provides a unique continuum of services, including prevention programs, service provider trainings, and case coordination and mentoring for victims of exploitation. MLMC hopes to change the landscape—educating and empowering adolescent girls to find a positive life path and eliminating the marketplace for sexual exploitation.

Playworks

Year

2010

Social Issue Track

Fitness and Healthy Eating: Preventing Obesity from an Early Age

Social Issue Track Sponsor

Health Management Resources and the Stifler Family Foundation

About Social Innovator

Playworks takes the chaos and conflict out of elementary school recess and creates opportunities for children to learn and grow through meaningful play. Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will have access to safe, healthy play every day, recognizing that play creates valuable opportunities for children to grow physically, emotionally, and socially.

Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships, a program of Project Hope

Year

2010

Social Issue Track

Employment and Education: Creating Opportunity in Today’s Economy

Social Issue Track Sponsor

State Street Foundation

About Social Innovator

Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships prepares low-income people for entry-level jobs through close collaboration with employers. The program assists Boston residents—largely from the Dudley neighborhood of Dorchester and Roxbury, but also Mattapan and Mission Hill—in finding living-wage jobs by providing both the training and support to gain and retain employment and connections to actual employers. Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships has become an essential tool in Project Hope’s mission of preventing family homelessness and ending the intergenerational cycle of poverty.