The annual Catalyst Conference brings a select group of approximately 100 high school students from North Carolina high schools to UNC-Chapel Hill for a weekend-long exploration and discussion of social justice issues impacting North Carolina youth.
Catalyst Conference will occur from the afternoon of Friday, February 16, 2018 to the afternoon of Sunday, February 18, 2018.
Applications for the 2018 conference are now CLOSED. Thank you to all 561 students who took the time to submit applications! Due to the record-breaking number of applications we received, the decision release has been pushed back to Jan 5, 2018. (Both positive and negative decisions will receive a response; if you have not received your decision by Jan 6, please contact us at email@example.com!)
Please check back Fall 2018 for 2019 applications.
During this weekend, selected students will engage with UNC-CH student leaders who work at the forefront of social issues at the university, in North Carolina, across the country, and abroad. Students will participate in workshops that introduce them to issues of gender, racial and socioeconomic equality; educational disparity; immigration status; sexual orientation; and more. These workshops will address the impact of these issues on students in both urban and rural North Carolina.
Participants will face a challenging task: They will be asked to view the world through the eyes of others and to learn about the underlying similarities that connect us all. By cultivating their leadership skills, we prepare students to be catalysts for positive change in their own communities.
Check out our list of FAQ’s for more info about the Conference — student drop-off and pick-up sites and times, etc. Students, teachers or counselors interested in the Catalyst Conference, should contact the co-directors with any questions.
The Catalyst Conference has a $50 registration fee upon acceptance to the conference. Payments should not be included with the application. We do offer financial aid if this registration fee is a monetary hurdle. Financial aid applications will be sent after decisions have been released. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about financial aid.
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