We’re excited to welcome 15 new for-purpose organizations to our Catalyst Network with the launch of our fourth cohort!
These Catalyst organizations were chosen to participate in 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.
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.
Colorado — Bridge House ends homelessness one person at a time through innovative programs and opportunities. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Bridge House offers a continuum of programming spanning from providing basic needs, such as meals and shelter, to offering paid work and housing in the holistic, award-winning Ready to Work “work-first” solution to homelessness. Ready to Work breaks expensive cycles of homelessness, joblessness, and incarceration by offering one year of housing, paid work in social enterprise, and supportive services as a stepping stone for adults experiencing homelessness to achieve mainstream employment and independent housing.
Washington — Cares of Washington provides tailored opportunities for people with disabilities and individuals with low-incomes to become self-sufficient, creating individualized paths to economic self-sufficiency. They do this through guidance in employment retention, career advancement, and personal financial management counseling.
California, Oregon, New Mexico, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Louisiana — Family Independence Initiative (FII) trusts and invests in low-income families across the nation so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity. Designed to advance social and economic mobility for low-income families using a radically different approach, FII co-creates an environment with families that encourages and rewards initiative, resource sharing, mutual respect and support, and peer modeling. Families join FII in a group of 5 to 7 other families from their community and make a 2-year commitment to one another by meeting and journaling monthly. FII unlocks dollars in FII’s UpTogether Fund based on the data, accelerating their mobility.
California — Inner City Visions strategically breaks the intergenerational cycles of poverty, addiction, and gang violence by using a holistic approach that meets the unique needs of vulnerable families and children. The multifaceted intervention program involves several components, including crisis intervention, alternative high schooling, mentoring, advocacy, job readiness, employment opportunities, tattoo removal, empowerment workshops, leadership academy, and medical services. The model is based on trusting relationships and knowledge of the community.
Ohio — Lawn Life connects disconnected youth, including the formerly incarcerated, with an opportunity to gain real work experience and transferable skills. They provide under-resourced communities with detailed landscapes, reasonable prices, and excellent service in a professional manner. Through a four-phase human development approach, Lawn Life helps youth learn valuable life-skills and a work ethic that will guide them to a pathway of meaningful employment and positive experiences
California, Indiana — The Last Mile prepares incarcerated individuals for successful re-entry through business and technology training. It’s the first program in the country to provide training in computer coding to incarcerated individuals as a means of promoting successful re-entry after prison and reducing recidivism. They also operate a workforce development program to help program graduates find and maintain living wage jobs.
Nevada — Nevada Youth Empowerment Project develops, implements, and evaluates programming that targets homeless, aged-out, unprepared, parentless older youth (ages 18-24). Programs are designed to promote high school graduation, employment, college education, independent housing, good citizenry, and avoidance of welfare. The main avenue by which the organization creates long-term change for its participants is the housing-based Community Living Program, which is a 9-18-month program that provides stability, guidance, and support to young women motivated to create meaningful lives for themselves.
Arizona — New Pathways for Youth connects youth from ages 9-21 with dedicated volunteer mentors to help youth reach their greatest potential. Mentoring is grounded on an evidence-based curriculum that targets social and emotional learning, with intentional programs through which youth develop knowledge, attitudes, and skills to succeed. The program includes college and career readiness support, as well as school and summer learning initiatives and a parenting program.
Maryland, California, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Texas — NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. NPower provides free technology and skills training for underserved young adults and military veterans, including mentoring from business leaders, paid internships, career development workshops at leading corporations, and industry-recognized certifications along with employment and alumni services. They do this through two signature training courses—Tech Fundamentals and Advanced Certifications.
Georgia, Tennessee — The Path Project empowers children growing up in mobile home parks to find their path to high school graduation and God’s plan for their future. Through academic, mentoring, and spiritual development programs, The Path Project helps kids succeed academically and graduate high school with a plan for their future.
California — Reality Changers transforms lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates. Two key programs, College Town and College Apps Academy, serves 8th-12th graders to help students prepare for and navigate the college application process. Reality Changers serves 800 students annually with a 97 percent college acceptance rate.
Vienna, VA — Shelters to Shutters (S2S) transitions individuals and families out of homelessness to economic self-sufficiency by educating and engaging the real estate industry to provide employment and housing opportunities. S2S pairs property management professionals with individuals experiencing homelessness who are ready to work. Ongoing case management supports participants with the support they need to ensure long-term self-sufficiency.
Nashville, TN — Thistle Farms seeks to heal, empower, and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, and a strong community of advocates and partners. The residential recovery program provides female survivors with housing, medical care, therapy, and education for up to two years. Residents earn income as employees of one of four social enterprises: Thistly Farms Body & Home, Thistle Stop Café, the Studios, and Thistle Farms Global. Residents also have the option to participate in a transitional living program and vocational training program to gain life skills, jobs skills, and full economic independence.
Cleveland, OH — Towards Employment empowers individuals to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through a workforce development program that ensures programming reflects the market, is informed by industry demand, and is responsive to the hiring needs of local employers. Towards Employment has a dual customer approach that helps participants to build career pathways to successful, long-term employment and creates a talent pipeline for local businesses.
Durham, NC — TROSA is a multi-year residential program that enables individuals with substance use disorders to be productive, recovering individuals by providing comprehensive treatment, work-based vocational training, education, and continuing care. With the belief that stable employment is key to maintaining recovery, TROSA’s programs are founded upon a vocational training program to help residents develop a strong work ethic, boost self-confidence, foster community, and prepare individuals for the job market.
*Edited on March 17, 2018.