Program Summary

Catalyst to College engages, supports, and prepares high school students for college by creating a college-going culture on their high school campuses and a peer support system.

The four-year, intensive program supports students from their sophomore year in high school until their first year in college. Through small group and individual support, and leadership and skill development sessions, students are empowered with the tools and mindsets as well as resources needed to overcome their barriers to college. Students also get the opportunity to visit universities and local attractions.

Catalyst to College primarily serves students who will be the first in their families to attend college. Students and families receive help in locating and applying for financial aid, as well as mentoring and guidance in navigating the college application process. Through working with community and education partners, the program connects students from underserved backgrounds with resources available in the community to inspire, motivate, and bolster their efforts in getting acceptance to college.


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Catalyst to College helped me stay out of the house and got me to explore new places. All these experiences got me to meet new people and create new friends.
I gained so much knowledge and understanding about what will be expected of me to get to accepted into college! My mom and dad learned a lot too. [Catalyst to College] was so so so helpful!!! THANK YOU!!
I loved that I was able to learn more about different majors and learn about the process of applying to college. I also liked that this program allowed me to do hands-on activities.

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