Catalyst Network Foundation (CNF)

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The Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. (CNF) is a non-profit education initiative 501(c)(3) organization that provides life enrichment and professional development to youth and veteran

CNF serves high-potential youth (ages 14-25) by providing the essential tools, networks, skill-building projects, and development opportunities to maximize the talent

CNF is based in New York City and operates programming in New York City and Washington, D.C.

CNF started in 2011, when two of its founding members, realized there was a lack of skill-building resources and opportunities for young people

CNF is fundamentally grassroots, and our work is powered by a strong network of young professionals across industries and sectors

Testimonials

Youth Tech @ Google

STEM Connector: We, partner, innovative companies with great schools

Stats

  • 200+ Fellowship Scholars
  • 2,000+ Instructed annually
  • 99% have graduated High School
  • 98% enrolled in higher education institutions or trade school
CNF holds a Summer Intensive Program for rising high school juniors and seniors in New York City and Washington, D.C. Successful applicants are enrolled at a CNF partnership high school. Each student receives individualized attention and internships in preparation for higher education and community service. The fellowship scholars are trained from day one: they tour corporate offices, pitch business ideas, and develop professional skills.

Since 2011, the Fellows have participated in corporate tours and create or pitched presentations about inner-city school challenges to several companies, including: Google, Goldman Sachs, NIKE, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, HBO, Microsoft, Covington & Burling LLP, GAP, BET, Essence Magazine, NPR, Kaye Scholer LLP, Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP, Bloomberg, Peebles Corporation, Infor, Deloitte, FOX News, and NBC Studios.

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The Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. (CNF) is a non-profit education initiative 501(c)(3) organization that provides life enrichment and professional development to youth and veteran

CNF serves high-potential youth (ages 14-25) by providing the essential tools, networks, skill-building projects, and development opportunities to maximize the talent

CNF is based in New York City and operates programming in New York City and Washington, D.C.

CNF started in 2011, when two of its founding members, realized there was a lack of skill-building resources and opportunities for young people

CNF is fundamentally grassroots, and our work is powered by a strong network of young professionals across industries and sectors

  • Summer Intensive Fellows Program

Rising high school juniors and seniors

Three-week program in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Applicants are admitted as Fellows at a CNF partnering high school

  • Mentorship Program

Fellows are paired with a CNF Mentor (professional) in the career field Fellows aspire to pursue

Fellows receive individualized attention throughout the year

  • Internships & Ongoing Support

CNF holds career and college prep workshops throughout the academic school year, instructing more than 1,600 high school students in New York City and Washington, D.C.

The CNF Internship Program secures CNF Fellows with internships at top startups, corporations, and medical institutions

  • Tech + Business + Law Symposiums | Career + College Fairs

Semi-annual business, law, and tech symposiums at Google; college + career fairs; resume development, coding, and elevator-pitch workshops

Prospective Fellowship Scholars are eligible to apply during their sophomore or junior year in high school. The New York City Fellows are enrolled at one of our eight partner high schools in New York City.

The Washington, DC Fellows are enrolled at one of our partner schools in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area or scholars at the Black Student Fund or Latino Student Fund.

The Fellowship Scholars have to complete our summer-intensive program where the fellowship scholars are trained from day one: they tour corporate offices, pitch business ideas, and develop professional skills. More than 200 High School students have been admitted to the Fellowship Program.

Through CNF’s Mentorship Program, Fellowship scholars are paired with a mentor that is a trailblazer in the profession or career field the fellows aspire to pursue. The CNF Internship Program secures CNF Fellows with internships at startups, corporations, and medical institutions.

Since 2011, the Fellows have experienced corporate tours and/or pitched capstone presentations and interventions for inner-city school challenges to several companies, including: Google, Goldman Sachs, NIKE, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, HBO, Covington & Burling LLP, GAP, Bloomberg, BET, NPR, The Carlyle Group, Kaye Scholer LLP, Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP, Deutsche Bank, Infor, The Peebles Corporation, Deloitte, FOX News, and NBC Studios.

Instruct over 2000 high school students annually

Since 2011, more than 200 students have been admitted to the CNF Fellowship Program

99 percent of CNF Fellows have graduated high school

90 percent of CNF Fellows have enrolled in college or a trade school

15 Partner schools

40+ Partner organizations

Mentors/Volunteers earn up to 60+ community service hours annually

Curated 25+ Professional Networking Events and Diversity Career Recruiting Sessions securing more than 3,000 attendees (ages 25 – 40)

Executed seven 3-week Summer-Intensive programs for our Fellows.

Fellows have pitched capstone presentations and interventions for inner-city school challenges in partnership with the following organizations: Google, Goldman Sachs, NIKE, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, HBO, Covington & Burling LLP, GAP, Bloomberg, BET, NPR, The Carlyle Group, Kaye Scholer LLP, Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP, Deutsche Bank, Infor, The Peebles Corporation, Deloitte, FOX News, and NBC Studios.

“iamCNF” Testimonials + Summer Intensive Program Recap

CNF YouthSTEM @ Google – 3rd Annual [2018]

Be A Catalyst!
Catalyst Network Foundation Presents 3rd Annual YouthSTEM at Google 2018
Catalyst Network Foundation Presents 3rd Annual YouthSTEM at Google 2018
Be A Catalyst!

FOX News Interview

FOX News interviewed a CNF Fellow about her experience with the Catalyst Network Foundation
CNF YouthTech @ Google

We, Partner, Innovative Companies with Great Schools

CNF: Infor (Education Alliance Program) + City Polytechnic High School of Engineering and Technology
CNF: Infor (Education Alliance Program) + City Polytechnic High School of Engineering and Technology

A Meeting of the Minds – Featuring Billionaire Donahue Peebles

BRIEF OVERVIEW

The Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. (CNF) is a non-profit education initiative 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City and Washington, D.C. The social enterprise is fundamentally grassroots, steered by a volunteer leadership team in New York City and Washington, D.C. In July of 2012, Ranking Congressman Ed Towns awarded a proclamation to the Foundation, in recognition of the organization’s achievements.

CNF was conceived after its two founding members had a conversation about the future of youth and veterans in their community. After reviewing the lack of communal resources, skill development programs, and career-field opportunities for adults – the founders developed a vision. Through their combined efforts and strategic planning, the two founders recruited additional professionals to support the formation of Catalyst Network Foundation.

Founded in 2011, the nonprofit focuses on life enrichment and professional development, with a mission to engage high-potential youth (ages 14-25) by providing the essential tools, networks, skill-building projects, and development opportunities to maximize talent.

CNF holds a Summer Intensive Program for rising high school juniors and seniors in New York City and Washington, D.C. Successful applicants are enrolled at a CNF partnership high school. Each student receives individualized attention and internships in preparation for higher education and community service. The fellowship scholars are trained from day one: they tour corporate offices, pitch business ideas, and develop professional skills. More than 200 students have been admitted to the Fellowship Program and are CNF Fellows, 99 percent have graduated high school, and 98 percent enrolled in higher education institutions (including prestigious colleges and universities).

Through CNF’s Mentorship Program, Fellowship scholars are paired with a mentor that is a trailblazer in the profession or career field the fellows aspire to pursue. The CNF Internship Program secures CNF Fellows with internships at startups, corporations, and medical institutions.

Since 2011, the Fellows have experienced corporate tours and/or pitched capstone presentations and interventions for inner-city school challenges to several companies, including: Google, Goldman Sachs, NIKE, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, HBO, Covington & Burling LLP, GAP, Bloomberg, BET, NPR, The Carlyle Group, Kaye Scholer LLP, Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP, Deutsche Bank, Infor, The Peebles Corporation, Deloitte, FOX News, and NBC Studios.

The youth initiative annually holds tech symposiums at Google, career, and college preparatory workshops throughout the school year, instructing over 2,000 high school students in the aforementioned metropolitan areas.

CNF performs screening and facilitates seamless partnership arrangements with high schools, nonprofits, and corporations. I.e., City Poly Tech High School < > Infor

The organization works with American veterans (ages 21-30), connecting them with resources and information to assist them with their career and academic ambitions.

CNF has curated 25+ professional networking events and diversity career recruiting sessions. The organization host a professional mixer and panel discussion called The Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) a gathering that is held quarterly it uniquely combines networking and thoughtful policy discussion on topics affecting minority communities. The goal is to provide a forum for critical conversation on issues often ignored by mainstream media outlets.

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