All across America, high-impact nonprofits are breaking cycles and changing lives.

From coast to coast, dynamic social entrepreneurs are leading transformative nonprofit organizations with a shared mission to break the cycle of poverty and build stronger, safer communities where all people can discover their full potential.

Found in Translation

HQ Boston, MA All Locations

Found in Translation turns obstacles into assets by training bilingual women with low incomes to become professional medical interpreters. Leveraging their invaluable language skills transforms these women into agents of change that help advance equality in healthcare access, prevent medical errors, save lives and achieve economic security.

Key Issue Area

Economic Mobility

Organizational Leadership

Maria Vertkin

The Younique Foundation

HQ Lehi, UT All Locations

The Younique Foundation provides healing services to women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse through retreats, support groups, and online resources. The Younique Foundation also educates and empowers both parents and caregivers to protect children from sexual abuse through community and online resources.

Key Issue Area

Addiction, Mental Health, and Trauma

Organizational Leadership

Shelaine Maxfield, Chris Yadon

Family Promise

HQ Summit, NJ All Locations

+Family Promise uses a community-based response to support families that are at-risk of or experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable independence. Family Promise mobilizes a national network of volunteers within communities across the country to provide social capital, relational support, and resources to end family homelessness for good.

Key Issue Area

Homelessness

Organizational Leadership

Claas Ehlers

NMCAN

HQ Albuquerque, NM All Locations

NMCAN leverages youth engagement, community partnerships, and volunteerism to improve youths’ experiences in foster care and the juvenile justice system. Through their programming, young people build the necessary skills to take on leadership roles that drive positive changes in their communities and within the systems that are designed to support them.

Key Issue Area

Youth

Organizational Leadership

Ezra Spitzer

Lawndale Christian Legal Center

HQ Chicago, IL All Locations

Lawndale Christian Legal Center offers the only community-based holistic legal practice in the city of Chicago dedicated to the felony criminal defense of juveniles and emerging adults. Their Restorative Justice Community Court (RJCC) resolves felony cases for 18-26 year olds through conferences within the legal community and peace circles with those affected by the crime. Their team consists of attorneys, case managers, and street outreach working together as an attorney-client privileged team to provide zealous legal representation, robust social assessments, and comprehensive treatment plans. Through these connections and holistic approach, Lawndale reduces the damaging effects of youth criminalization, mass incarceration, violence, and poverty.

Key Issue Area

Criminal Justice

Organizational Leadership

Cliff Nellis

HealthCorps

HQ Phoenix, AZ All Locations

Unhealthy habits developed in adolescence can lead to a lifetime of social, emotional, and physical challenges, especially for our most vulnerable communities. HealthCorps’ highly engaging, teen-relevant health and wellness programming gives teens the knowledge, skills and motivation to not only make healthy changes in their own lives, but to catalyze change in their communities. 84% of teens who participate in the HealthCorps program improve at least one targeted health behavior.

Key Issue Area

Youth

Organizational Leadership

Amy Braun

Just in Time for Foster Youth

HQ San Diego, CA All Locations

Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT) provides a supportive community for youth exiting the foster care system to build confidence, capability, and the connection necessary for personal success. For transitioned foster youth aged 18-27, JIT creates a community of caring adults, long-term coaching relationships, and coordinated resources to address the root cause of trauma and empower youth to achieve self-sufficiency and wellbeing.

Key Issue Area

Youth

Organizational Leadership

Don Wells

DreamKit mobilizes the power of community to restore the self-confidence of youth who are homeless or unstably housed. DreamKit's tech-based intervention teaches youth the hard and soft skills needed to reach stable employment, pays members for their progress, and catalogues their growth to be shared with employers who can set them up for success.

Key Issue Area

Homelessness

Organizational Leadership

Marina Marmolejo

FreeWorld empowers people who have been in prison with educational support and technical skills to enter into high wage, high demand careers so they can live fulfilling lives, prison-free. Freeworld aims to break the cycle of recidivism and generational poverty by demonstrating the potential of re-entering citizens creating meaningful career pathways and providing critical support services for the individuals and their families to overcome significant barriers.

Key Issue Area

Economic Mobility

Organizational Leadership

Jason Wang and Renee Sandler

Roca

HQ Chelsea, MA All Locations

Roca engages young adults, police, and systems at the center of urban violence, disrupting incarceration and poverty, and changing the way they work together. Roca’s internationally recognized therapeutic intervention model engages young people at the center of urban violence in a four-year long program to find purpose and employment through long-term relationships and teach life-saving cognitive-behavioral skills, ultimately turning trauma into hope.

Key Issue Area

Criminal Justice

Organizational Leadership

Molly Baldwin

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