Our fifth cohort of Catalysts is here, and we’re excited to welcome 14 new for-purpose organizations to our Catalyst Network!
These Catalyst organizations were chosen to participate in our Catalyst Program through a six-month cohort with networking opportunities, facilitated workshop experiences, and robust discussions focused on the application of sound economic and business thinking to the social sector.
High-impact, in-person summits, in-person learning sessions, and tailored coaching calls comprise a hands-on learning environment where Catalysts can apply the economic thinking directly to their organization to think differently about growth.
Our goal? Help these for-purpose organizations grow sustainably to reach more men, women, and children with their transformative programs and services.
Catalysts will gather in Arlington, VA to kick off their cohort with an opening summit focused on the critical role vision plays in an organization’s success and growth.
Read about each of these new Catalysts below!
Back on My Feet (BOMF) combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. Their unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes, and new lives. BOMF operates in 12 major cities coast-to-coast. They measure success not just by health stats of participants, but by how they obtain education, employment, and housing.
Fort Worth, TX
Catholic Charities Fort Worth strives to break the cycle of poverty by finding effective, research-backed programs and putting proposed solutions to poverty to the test. They work with multiple populations, including refugees, immigrants, veterans, homeless, working poor, children, and seniors. Their program, Stay the Course, focuses on increasing college graduation rates among low-income and new-to-college students. The program includes case managers who provide intensive case management and a maximum of $1,500 of financial assistance to students while in school.
Sioux Falls, S.D., Fargo and Bismarck, N.D., Bemidji, Minn., and Denver Colo.
Face It TOGETHER (FIT) is a team of social entrepreneurs who reject the status quo and bring a meaningful, innovative, and sustainable solution to our nation’s top public health crisis: substance use and addiction. FIT’s solution marries social mission with business innovation to fundamentally transform the way communities deal with this costly and devastating illness. Their peer-to-peer coaching model guides individuals and loved ones through recovery with accountability, support, and knowledge.
Georgia Works! is a transitional housing and workforce development program serving chronically homeless men and helping them transform into self-sufficient and productive members of society. Through mentorship, case management, and workforce training, Georgia Works! helps chronically homeless men comprehensively change their habits and address their problems so that they can become working, productive citizens through intensive case management and emphasizing the importance of work.
I.C. Stars provides Chicago’s low-income young adults with the skills and connections to attain promising careers in technology and become leaders who can help bring economic and social change to their communities. This takes place through a four-month intensive project-based training, with 20 months of post-training support, called the “residency.” Using project-based learning and full immersion teaching, I.C. Stars provides an opportunity for change-driven, future leaders to develop skills in business and technology.
Menlo Park, Calif.
JobTrain is committed to helping those who are most in need to succeed. Their purpose is to improve the lives of people in the community through assessment, attitude and job skills training, and high potential career placement. Each of JobTrain’s programs combines vocational training, academics, essential skills development, and one-on-one counseling support, all preparing students to turn their lives around. Strong partnerships with employers ensure that students receive the training they need for employment so that businesses can find motivated workers who are well trained for their jobs.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes empowers communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. In 2015, Mobile Loaves & Fishes developed Community First! Village – a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Community First! Village also operates several social enterprises providing employment opportunities that enable formerly homeless men and women to earn an income, develop new skills, and cultivate enduring relationships.
Salt Lake City, UT
The Other Side Academy (TOSA) creates a “therapeutic community” for all who need it. TOSA is a home where individuals with criminal records, those experiencing homelessness, and those suffering from a substance use disorder can change their lives, free of charge. Self-help and mutual help are fundamental to TOSA’s approach. They don’t emphasize drugs or alcohol. Rather, they focus on behavior and learning how to live a life of honesty, empathy, and accountability.
Little Rock, Ark.
Our House helps homeless and near homeless families create success in their lives through a two-generation model that works with the whole family. They define success as maintaining full-time jobs, climbing the ladder to higher paying jobs, living within one’s means, building savings and investments, finding stable and safe housing, and building networks of mutual support in the community. Services include housing, education, workforce, homelessness prevention, and children’s programs.
Per Scholas prepares motivated and curious adults who are unemployed or underemployed with the technical and business skills to launch successful careers in technology, creating on-ramps to businesses in need of their talents. Per Scholas addresses at least three significant workforce development needs for low-to-moderate income individuals: the opportunity gap that keeps many high-potential individuals trapped in unemployment or low-quality jobs; diversity gaps in the technology workforce; and the technology skills gap that nearly two-thirds of U.S. technology leaders say is impeding their businesses.
Palm City, Fla.
Project LIFT’s mission is to improve the lives of at-risk teens through substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, and vocational skills training and mentoring. Their focus is on intervention and prevention of at-risk behaviors in teenagers by replacing negative behaviors with positive tools, leading to healthy life decisions and becoming independent, productive members of their community. Most of the teens they work with are referred to their 14-week program through the Department of Juvenile Justice. Project LIFT is often the alternative to juvenile detention focused on getting each teen the help they need to be successful in life.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Positive Tomorrows (PT) was created in 1989 as a community response to growing homelessness in Oklahoma City. PT began as a wrap-around service provider for homeless students in the Oklahoma City Public Schools and today is Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically designed for homeless children, providing them stability and a quality education and helping parents get the support they need to create a better, more stable life.
ProUnitas empowers students by providing academic institutions with a data-driven blueprint to eliminate non-academic barriers to student success. Recognizing that a school’s ability to connect students to appropriate nonprofits and services is largely based on the level of engagement from an administrator, ProUnitas developed a data-driven system called Purple that helps schools use data to recognize “non-academic obstacles” that inhibit a student’s ability to succeed in the classroom.
Rise Up for Youth focuses on character building, academic achievement, and positive self-esteem to encourage their members to be leaders among their peers and be accountable for the decisions they make in life. Rise Up for Youth uses education, mentoring, and empowerment to inspire and motivate future generations to unlock their full potential and make positive decisions, resulting in reduced violence, gang involvement, and other dangerous behaviors.