More Than Words    

Social Impact Profile ™

Areas of Impact:
Children & Youth,Employment,Entrepreneurship

More Than Words (MTW) 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. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, café, and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood. In addition to store-based job training, youth are engaged in personal transition planning and case management to support their progress towards employment and education. The MTW model is premised on the belief that when at-risk youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting, and have high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address their personal barriers, create concrete action plans for their lives, and become thriving members of society.


    Join Our Movement - Get Involved!

    Over the past five years, MTW has established itself as an innovative nonprofit model for employment training and positive youth development. MTW empowers young people to defy their circumstances learning how teamwork, skill development and job accountability can lead to meaningful personal change. Read More


    Gordon Martin presents Count Them One by One

    Events at More Than Words provide us with a forum to learn important professional skills, such as public speaking, hosting, contacting various performers, and ensuring that our events are successfully marketed and executed. Every event helps us to grow, and in return we enthusiastically appreciate all opportunities to open our storefront to community members. We are very proud of the More Than Words bookstore & café, and hope that you will join us to browse our book selection, enjoy a café drink, or attend one of our many exciting events! Read More