Skills for Cities Boston - Team Information

Details on the nonprofits, projects and issues that we'll tackle together for Boston

Corporate volunteers and nonprofits from across Greater Boston are using their talents as a force for good and helping to deliver on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which also align strongly with Boston’s priorities for educationeconomicworkforce and neighborhood development.  

Collectively these projects delivered close to $80,000 in social return on investment (SROI) for the Boston Community. 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 1 envisions ending poverty in all its forms everywhere. And while rates of extreme poverty have been cut by more than half since 1990, according to the UN, millions still live in poverty or risk slipping back into poverty. Poverty is defined as more than just a lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Poverty can manifest to hunger, limited access to education, and social exclusion, among other challenges. In Boston, an estimated 21% of the population lives in poverty, which is higher than the national average of 14%. (source: Data USA)

Projects in this category delivered an estimated $4,500 in SROI


Families First provides parenting education programs to promote the secure and nurturing parent-child relationships that are the foundation of every child's well-being and future success. 

The challenge: Create a process map to increase the efficiency and efficacy of the organization's current programmatic process



The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 ensures healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages. These concepts are essential for sustainable development and the world has been lucky to see major progress on challenges like access to clean water and sanitation, reducing the spread of disease and increasing life expectancy. 

In the greater Boston community, nonprofits and the mayor's office focus on supporting families, new immigrants, children in the foster system and youth generally to ensure everyone has access to opportunities for well-being and healthy development. 

Projects in this category delivered and estimated $16,000 in SROI



Boston CASA, Inc., works to ensure a safe and permanent home for court-involved children who have experienced abuse and neglect. The organization fulfills its mission by recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (“CASAs”) who work to ensure that these children have safe and permanent homes.

  • The challenge: Provide recommendations around performance review processes to support the nonprofit in engaging and developing staff during a period of rapid growth


College Diabetes Network is singularly focused on providing young adults with Type diabetes the peer connections they value, and expert resources they need, to successfully manage the challenging transition to independence at college and beyond.

  • The challenge: Use data to tell a compelling story that increases awareness of the nonprofit’s impact




Because a college education is the biggest determinant of upward social mobility and earning opportunity in America, College Advising Corps is dedicated to ensuring every student has an opportunity to enter and complete college. 

  • The challenge: Support a strategic planning process that can serve as a model for CAC’s sites across the country




EnRoot is committed to the vision that all immigrant youth have the opportunity to succeed. The organization works to empower immigration youth to achieve academic, career and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences. 

  • The challenge: Assess HR needs and prioritize areas of focus as the nonprofit continues to strengthen its HR backbone in the coming months




Silver Lining Mentoring establishes committed mentoring relationships to empower youth in foster care to develop essential life skills and flourish. 

  • The challenge: Provide recommendations for an improved performance review process to support staff with goal setting and performance management




Trinity Boston Foundation seeks to unlock opportunity and change the odds for the youth of Boston building partnerships that inspire and empower youth and their families, offer holistic support for well-being and strengthen community health. 

  • The challenge: Provide recommendations on how to incorporate a new HR policy into the organization's current systems to fairly and effectively reward staff performance





The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 seeks to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and lifelong learning. Education is a foundation to improving lives and progress has been made to increase global access to education and, particularly, increasing school enrollment rates for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved, but the world is still short of achieving universal education goals at all levels of study. 

While schools in Boston are strong, often earning accolades as the best public system in the nation, there are still strides to be made in helping low-income children. These nonprofits focus on providing quality education and learning opportunities for all. 

Projects in this category delivered an estimated $17,000 in SROI. 




Boston Debate League works to integrate argumentation and competitive debate in order to develop critical thinkers ready for college, career and engagement with the world around them. 

  • The challenge: Recommend a pricing model that prices the nonprofit’s services fairly and systematically




Boston Partners in Education enhances the academic achievement and nurtures personal growth for Boston’s public school students by providing them with focused, in-school volunteer support.

  • The challenge: Design a survey to better understand how the nonprofit might convert volunteers to donors



Citizen Schools helps low-income communities that need additional education resources with programs that support academic achievement in core subjects like English Language Arts and Mathematics and build important 21st Century and Social Emotional skills through real-world learning experiences. 

  • The challenge: Assess internal communications and provide recommendations to improve communications from the national office to regional sites



The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Today roughly half of the world's population lives on the equivalent of US $2/day and progress on economic and social policies to eradicate poverty and ensure fair pay and decent work conditions is slow in all economies.

While Massachusetts has led the nation in equal pay and minimum wage programs, there are still challenges to tackle for the city of Boston, including opportunities to create better quality jobs and conditions for economic growth that protect the environment. 

Projects in this category delivered an estimated $42,000 in SROI. 


Bottom Line addresses low college graduation rates for lower-income and first-generation students by providing consistent one-on-one support through mentorship throughout college and guidance on the college application process. 

  • The challenge: Provide recommendations for an effective outreach strategy that will increase awareness of the organization's career program and lead to new corporate partnership opportunities


BUILD uses the power of entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college and career success.

  • The challenge: Review organization’s existing, regionally-specific volunteer recruitment materials and provide recommendations for streamlining messaging and design across the BUILD network to create a consistent brand




Inner City Weight Lifting uses the gym as a way to replace segregation and isolation with economic mobiliy and social inclusion. The organization reduces violence by connecting youth with new networks and opportunities, including meaningful career tracks in and beyond personal training. 

  • The challenge: Provide recommendations for a broader corporate outreach strategy that will enable ICW to develop deep partnerships with new and existing corporate supporters




uAspire is focused on ensuring that all young people have access to financial information and resources to find an affordable path to and through college. The organization's singular focus is on college affordability and removing financial barriers so that every student has an equitable opportunity to graduate from college and succeed in life. 

  • The challenge: Develop recommendations for the organization’s peer mentoring program that connects members of their staff with counterparts in the corporate sector as a professional development opportunity



The YMCA of Greater Boston is committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The organization's mission is to put people first, listen and serve, and inspire hope. 

  • The challenge: Develop a high-level process map to document and formalize YMCA Training Inc.’s corporate partner relationship management process