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.
Founded in 2011, CNF is focused on life enrichment and professional development, with a mission to engage high-potential youth and veterans (ages 21-30) with successful projects by providing the proper tools, network, and development opportunities.
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.
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. Over 200 High School students have been admitted to the Fellowship Program.
Since 2011, the Fellows have worked at and secured internships at top startups, corporation and medical institutions, the scholars have participated in corporate tours and create or pitched presentations about inner-city school challenges to several corporations, including: Google, Goldman Sachs, NIKE, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, HBO, Microsoft, Covington & Burling LLP, GAP, BET, Essence Magazine, NPR, Kaye Scholer LLP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP, Bloomberg, Peebles Corporation, Infor, Deloitte, FOX News, and NBC Studios.
CNF is a multi-state program that has worked with over 20 high schools, 35 community organizations and 20 corporations.
We operate an annual 3-week summer intensive program, successfully admitting 200 High School students to our Fellowship program. Of the Fellows that have completed the summer intensive, 100 percent of them have graduated High school, over 90 percent have enrolled in college (several attending prestigious universities) or trade-school.
We provide year-round professional development and college preparatory workshops that instruct over 400 HS students annually, educating over 1700 high school students to-date and CNF operates an Internship program that has secured internships for over 30 students in the Fellowship Program.