Catalyst Network Foundation (CNF)

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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, the nonprofit focuses on life enrichment and professional development, with a mission to engage high-potential youth (ages 14-25) and veterans (ages 21-30) by providing the proper tools, networks, skill-building projects, and development opportunities to maximize talent.

The youth initiative annually holds tech symposiums at Google, career, and college preparatory workshops throughout the school year, instructing over 1,500 high school students in the aforementioned metropolitan areas.

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.

Program Overview

Youth Tech @ Google

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Stats

  • 200+ Fellowship Scholars
  • 1500+ 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 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.

“iamCNF” Testimonials + Summer Intensive Program Recap

 

CNF YouthTech @ Google

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What is a Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) Event?

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) and veterans (ages 21-30) by providing the proper 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. 200+ students have been admitted to the Fellowship Program and are CNF Fellows, 99% have grauated high school, and 98% 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 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.

The youth initiative annually holds tech symposiums at Google, career, and college preparatory workshops throughout the school year, instructing over 1,500 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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