Stand Together’s Catalyst Program Fall 2017 Cohort Begins

Posted on October 6, 2017

This month we’re excited to welcome our third Catalyst Program Cohort – a group of unique organizations that are working across the country to combat the cycle of poverty through the five pathways.

Just last week we wrapped up the Spring 2017 Cohort with Catalyst 2017, where we heard incredible stories of personal transformation, listened to inspiring speakers across the nonprofit space, and participated in engaging workshops.

This cohort is preparing for our six-month Catalyst Program, in which they will participate in monthly sessions focusing on the development of action plans around vision, organizational growth, branding, measurement, and strategic partnerships. These discussions, as we have seen in the past, help Catalysts envision what their growth, strategic partnerships, and organizational structures could look like in the future.

The goals of the Catalyst Program are threefold.

  1. Establish a collaborative network for Catalysts that promotes knowledge sharing, organic partnerships, and productive teamwork.
  2. Support Catalysts with organizational development resources—aided by our philosophy of humble consulting and the discovery process—which puts those visions developed in the monthly sessions into action.
  3. Tell the stories of our Catalysts’ triumphs in the fight against poverty. We hope to inspire individuals and communities to join in the effort to effect national change.

Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing with you developments with our next Cohort, from our virtual sessions, visits to our Catalysts, to captivating news about their achievements. Stay tuned!

Without further ado, let’s meet our 2017 Catalysts!

Fall 2017 Catalysts

Café Momentum transforms young lives by equipping the community’s most at-risk youth with life skills, education and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential (Dallas, TX).

Coalfield Development is a community-based organization that provides affordable homes, creates jobs, and generates opportunities for a quality life for low-income families in southern West Virginia.

Elevate USA implements a replicable, holistic, and innovative program approach that builds long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth. Elevate hires teacher-mentors that represent the communities they serve to build relationships throughout four program areas, equipping students with the tools they need for success. (Denver, CO).

Friends of the Children selects the most vulnerable children and makes a 12 ½ year commitment to their success, providing each child with a professional mentor from kindergarten through high school. This full-time mentor empowers at-risk youth to develop and achieve their greatest potential by spending a minimum of 16 hours per month with them (Portland, OR).

Headstrong  provides “cost-free, bureaucracy-free, and stigma-free” treatment to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their families (New York, NY).

Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) seeks to reduce recidivism through education, job training, and direct employment. GOSO empowers young men to avoid involvement in the criminal justice system by reshaping their futures through education, meaningful employment, and financial independence (New York, NY).

Hope House Colorado empowers parenting teen moms to strive for personal and economic self-sufficiency and to understand their significance in God’s sight, resulting in a healthy future for their children (Westminster, CO).

IDignity was created to help the disadvantaged in Central Florida through the complex steps of getting personal identification. Documents like birth certificates, Florida ID cards, and Social Security cards are essential for anyone to fully take part in society (Orlando, FL).

Millionair Club Charity (MCC) seeks to find temporary and permanent employment for individuals to help them become more self-sufficient. Since 1921, MCC has helped to rebuild thousands of lives by providing jobs, meals, and other essential support services to individuals experiencing homelessness, unemployment, or underemployment in the Greater Seattle area.

Moneythink aims to restore the economic health of the country through financial education by mobilizing college students to tutor high school students in financial literacy, training two generations over the course of one (Chicago, IL).

Orion Industries operates three social enterprises with a mission of changing the lives of people with barriers to employment by building self-esteem and creating opportunities through training, education, and successful business platforms (Auburn, WA; Mukilteo, WA; and Fort Eustis, VA).

PEARLS for Teen Girls is strengthening the community and improving the quality of life of young women by empowering them with self-development tools, guidance, and support to strive for better, brighter futures by living out the PEARLS’ values: personal responsibility, empathy, respect, leadership, and support (Milwaukee, WI).

Row New York transforms the lives of New Yorkers, teaching young people in under-resourced communities the sport of competitive rowing—and through it, the values of teamwork, tenacity, and commitment to self and others. Paired with intensive academic tutoring, their rowing programs have given thousands of teens the motivation and skills to excel both on the water and in the classroom (New York, NY).

Solutions for Change seeks a permanent solution for families and communities suffering from homelessness by providing housing opportunities, workforce development and life skills training, mental and physical health services, and teen and youth programs (San Diego, CA).

Thread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. They foster students’ academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens (Baltimore, MD).

Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, succeed in school and in life. Youth Guidance focuses on trauma, violence, and educational outcomes (Chicago, IL).


Check our blog for upcoming updates on how each organization is uniquely tapping into the unlimited potential of the individual and transforming – revitalizing – its community. Don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter to stay up-to-date!

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