Boston MA — On December 7th, it was announced by the Social Innovation Forum that Boston Youth Wrestling had been selected for the 2019 Social Innovator Cohort. After a highly competitive application process over the course of the last 6 months, BYW and 7 other organizations were chosen from over 165+ nonprofits that had applied. In attendance for BYW were Founder José Valenzuela, Director of Programming Bior Guigni, Board Member Nic Miragluolo, and BYW volunteer Brittany Clark.

After the event, Founder José Valenzuela had this to say about the award, “We are so honored by this selection by the Social Innovation Forum. Everyone at BYW, including the staff, board, and volunteers, are really thrilled for Bior Guigni who was chosen as Lead Innovator. She is incredibly deserving and we are excited to be working with SIF over the next 24 months to learn and to help grow our organization, which will in turn help us to have an even greater impact on kids.”

Read the full press release from SIF below.

SIF Announces 2019 Social Innovator Cohort

Eight nonprofits welcomed into 24-month capacity-building program

The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) is excited to announce the selection of eight nonprofits for our 2019 Social Innovator cohort. Over the next two years, the Social Innovators will receive financial and capacity-building support valued at more than $150,000 to help them gain visibility, expand their networks, and strengthen their impact.

Each year SIF works with a group of funding partners to define social issue topic areas or “tracks” for that year’s nonprofit accelerator program, and after a six-month evaluation process, one Social Innovator is chosen on each track.

“We warmly welcome these eight organizations into the Social Innovator Accelerator program,” said Susan Musinsky. “They are about to embark on an intense 24 month journey of organizational growth and learning, and the SIF team, consultants, volunteers, and in-kind partners are excited to begin working with them.”

2019 Social Innovators


Boston Youth Wrestling
Closing the Opportunity Gap Through Out-of-Classroom Engagement
Track Partner: Inspire Boston Funder Collaborative

Disability Policy Consortium
Ensuring Long-term Success for Young People with Disabilities
Track Partner: Edith M. Ashley Fund at the Boston Foundation

Dream Out Loud Center, Inc.
Promoting Access to Arts and Culture in New Bedford
Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust

English for New Bostonians
Supporting and Advancing Health and Stability of Immigrant Families
Track Partner: Shipley Foundation

LEAP for Education
Building the Path to Success Through Workforce Development for Youth
Track Partner: Amelia Peabody Foundation

Paige Academy
Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation for the Future
Track Partner: Wellington Management Foundation

The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Inc.
Creating Equity Through Leadership in Environmental Justice Communities 
Track Partner: Cedar Tree Foundation

Y2Y Network
Pathways to Success for Young People Experiencing Homelessness
Track Partner: Liberty Mutual Insurance