CATALYZE CHALLENGE WINNERS

15 Winners Announced in Inaugural Round of Catalyze Challenge.

In an effort to catapult students into meaningful careers and level the playing field for all students the Catalyze Challenge awarded over $4M in grants to accelerate bold career-connected learning solutions that help young people better access economic opportunity after leaving school. Fifteen winners – community organizations, entrepreneurs, and cross-sector partnerships from across the country – will pilot, launch and scale solutions designed for the leaders of tomorrow’s workforce.

Created to meet this moment, grants are funding inventive ideas for career-connected learning at middle and high schools, and programs supporting the transition to early college coursework. All winners have an explicit focus on reaching historically underserved students, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, first-generation, low-income, and rural students – some of the groups hardest hit by the pandemic.

 

Accelerate Winner
Building 21 – Launchpad

An initiative that will directly connect young people to living-wage jobs while providing them with the credentials, skills, mindsets, and experience to thrive in these roles.

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Collegiate Academies – Next Level NOLA

A free, one-year fellowship for graduating seniors of New Orleans’ Public Schools that counters obstacles students traditionally face in their postsecondary pursuits.

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Collegiate EduNation – Rural HOPE Project

A Texas-based network that facilitates the transformation of rural student outcomes and rural workforce development by partnering with local school, community, and business leaders.

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Crowder College – Digital Pathways in the Rural Heartland

An initiative to reshape the narrative about career opportunities in rural America to include a flourishing digital workforce.

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Education Design Lab – Propel Polk!

A pilot program to teach collaboration, creative problem-solving, and empathy to 11th and 12th graders who will receive digital micro-credentials for their resumes.

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nXu – Purpose Opportunity Program

A 4-year high school curriculum that allows students to engage in career exploration through the lens of purpose and identity while cultivating their social and emotional learning skills.

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Propel America – Accelerate America

Accelerate serves recent high school graduates from historically marginalized communities who primarily identify as Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC).

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WeThrive – EducationWeThrive

A work-based learning program helping youth launch and run real businesses, leveraging best-in-class curriculum and self-guided interactive modules to activate youth as change makers.

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