Want to take your potential to the next level?
Do you have big dreams and even bigger goals?
Having a strong support team, like the Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. (CNF), will help you make them a reality. The Catalyst Network Foundation identifies your unique gifts and talents and then creates a personal plan for you to develop personally and professionally.
We hold workshops to improve your writing, teach you how to present yourself and your ideas and make connections with important people. We will expose you to skills and resources and then you can practice those new skills. We also provide opportunities for you to experience work at your dream job or field.
- Inroads to colleges/universities, SAT prep workshops, and resume development seminars
- Access to internships, professional opportunities, and mentors
- Extra-curricular experiences to enhance your admissions credentials
- A network of friends from different high schools
- The fellowship scholars get training from their first day: they tour corporate offices, pitch business ideas, and develop professional skills. Over 200 students have been admitted to the Fellowship Program and are CNF Fellows (99% have graduated High school, and more than 98% of them have enrolled in college or a trade school).
- The CNF Internship Program secures CNF Fellows with internships at top startups, corporations, and medical institutions.
- 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.
- Since 2011, the Fellows 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.
- Last but not least our program is free, but your admittance to our program will be earned.
How to Apply
Applicants must be a high school sophomore or junior in good academic standing and either enrolled in one of our Partner Schools in New York City or Washington, D.C. Metropolitan or affiliated with the Black Student Fund or Latino Student Fund.
- New York City Applicants: Must be available Monday – Friday (8:00 am – 2:00 pm) the last three weeks of July
- Washington, D.C. Applicants: Must be available Monday – Friday (8:00 am – 2:00 pm) the last week of July and the first, two weeks of August
- Be committed throughout the school calendar year
- Demonstrate commitment, leadership, enthusiasm, ingenuity, and curiosity
Applicants for the Catalyst Network Foundation (CNF) Fellowship may access and print the application by clicking this link below or retrieve a physical application at your school (only accessible at a CNF Partner school).
Once you have completed the application, either return the form to your school faculty (CNF liaison) or email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Application Period
Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021
1st Round – Application Screening E-mail/Phone Notification (Saturday, May 1, 2021)
2nd Round – Telephone Interviews (Monday, May 3, 2021 – Saturday, May 15, 2021)
Acceptance notification to 2021 Cohort (Saturday, May 22, 2021)
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 more than 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.