The Catalyst Foundation works to impact the lives of remarkable young people, giving them a ladder up where one might not otherwise exist. Catalyst-funded programs increase opportunities for enrollment in secondary and higher education, enhance social and emotional learning, and help build the resilience necessary to take advantage of educational opportunities. The Catalyst Foundation funds projects that fall within our two programming pillars:
The first pillar focuses on projects and programs that help provide pathways to higher education for young people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to continue their studies. This includes the Institute of International Education’s PEER program, which catalogs scholarship opportunities for refugee youth from around the world, programs that provide opportunities for marginalized youth to pursue higher education, and secondary school programs that are designed to provide the stepping stones to possible further study at the college or university level.
The second pillar focuses on educational enrichment projects, particularly in sports and arts. Youth affected by conflict and poverty should have access to activities that keep them positively engaged and build important social and emotional skills. In addition to bringing joy to refugee and other at-risk children and youth, Catalyst-funded enrichment projects provide safe spaces for activities that build the resilience necessary to stay in school and succeed academically.