The Catalyst Collective is a 24/7 community developing individuals personally, professionally and spiritually. We exist to help others bring their unique purpose to life.
In the summer of 2011, our Founder and Executive Director, Joe Elliott, along with 5 high school interns began to dream about what it would look like to really engage the hearts and minds of teens and young adults. They envisioned a place that was accessible 24/7, where friendships could be forged and lives could be challenged. A community where students could learn new skills, creatively express themselves and discover who they are uniquely created to be. It would feel like a home away from home, or for most young people today, it would feel like the only stable, genuine community they have ever experienced. With a group of a dozen volunteers and an $800/month operating budget, Catalyst Teen Center was incorporated in May of 2012 and received 501(c)3 status in July of 2013.
Since inception, Catalyst has increased in reach and effectiveness serving teens and young adults from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities and challenging life experiences in greater Austin. Catalyst has grown from a small group of less than 50 teens and young adults in 2012 to a vibrant community where thousands are being impacted each year.
And the story is only beginning.
In 2016, we re-branded under the name Catalyst Collective which is the umbrella for our 4 main divisions:
Catalyst Teen Center (The High School Community)
Austin Lit (The College and Early Career Community)
Catalyst Cowork (The Collaborative Community)
LevelUp (The Urban Missions and Leadership Development Community)
As the Catalyst Collective, we are focusing our efforts on the expansion of our award winning programs in local schools, opening our first cowork space and sharing our expertise through our new LevelUp community.
We invite you to join us on the journey.