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Empowering youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business

Our Mission

More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

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At More Than Words we ask our youth to make bold moves every day in their jobs, in their studies, and in their lives. In this year’s Annual Report we spotlight their bravery, and the bravery of our partners by asking staff, alumni, volunteers, supporters, champions, and institutions to share a bold move they made in their lives and what it meant for them. Their stories show the importance of going for it and we are proud to have such a bold community rallying around us. Join us by sharing your story on social media using #BOLD MOVES!


Dear Friends of More Than Words,

In 2017 More Than Words prepared to make a bold move. The youth and business at our Waltham site continue to thrive, and we are expanding to the first floor of our site in Boston’s South End and creating a two-floor hub of social enterprise. We signed a long-term lease, made plans, and launched a campaign. But the boldest moves at More Than Words are still made by young adults as they take charge of their chaotic lives with the help of tough love and empowerment. We are proud to highlight the data and stories of their brave successes in this year's annual report.

With Gratitude,

Jodi and the More Than Words Team


Click here to see the complete MTW 2017 Annual Report

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Following a rigorous national competition, More Than Words is a proud sub-grantee of  REDF’s national portfolio!  This recognition by a national funder and leader in the field of social enterprise of the More Than Words model and the hard-earned successes that our youth are achieving every day comes at a critical time as we map plans to grow our enterprises and empower more youth.

To learn more, view our press release.

Contact Us

More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore
56 Felton Street, Waltham, MA 02453

More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore 
242 East Berkeley St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118

ph. 781-788-0035   |

Host an event at More Than Words! 


Looking for a good spot to hold an upcoming event or celebration? More Than Words is expanding in the South End and this summer we will be unveiling a beautifully designed and flexible event space in our 1st floor bookstore. From corporate event rentals to film screenings to hosting birthdays and other celebrations, our space will provide a perfect location for community, arts, and culture in the South End. Through rentals, our youth will also be able to gain more job training skills and increase the community’s awareness of MTW.

For event inquiries please contact Natalia Larina, Associate Director of Events: 

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