A Catalyst for change

Catalyst empowers eager high school students (ages 14-18) to use their voice and time to make a strong impact on our communities. Through social media awareness, volunteerism and voice activation, these teens are truly a Catalyst for change in the lives of our neighbors.


Felicia, Catalyst

Catalyst focuses on food insecurity’s intersection with social issues, becoming an advocate for social change, and fostering commitment to giving back to your community.

The Catalyst program is a 3-week volunteer, education, and leadership development summer program. High school students will volunteer and attend education lessons weekly. Program days are Mondays & Wednesdays.

Successful completion of the program in its entirety guarantees at least 30 volunteer hours, college preparedness, and a greater understanding of food insecurity in the Tampa Bay area, and the ways to combat it. 

Becoming a Catalyst


*Must be a rising freshman, sophomore, junior or senior by the time of the program

NOTE: Seniors who anticipate graduating before the Catalyst program are not eligible to apply but are encouraged to engage with our Student Ambassador program

*Demonstrate a willingness to volunteer and advocate for Feeding Tampa Bay

*Have an interest in learning more about non-profits, food insecurity, and social change

*Must be able to commit to the entirety of the program, with an allotted 1 absence for emergencies and unforeseen circumstances

Andrew, Catalyst


* Attend all Monday & Wednesday meetings/volunteer shifts

* Volunteer independently an additional 3 times throughout the program

* Post Feeding Tampa Bay advocacy on social media at least 6 times

* Complete, present, and submit final project portfolio by final meeting date

Catalyst in action


The 2024 cohort of Catalysts takes place July 8th-July 26th. We will meet every Monday 10:00am-12:00pm & Wednesday 9:00am-12:30pm. There will be select Friday opportunities throughout the program as well.


Applications open March 1st and will close May 31st. Click the Apply Now button below to submit your application. Acceptance emails will be sent out by June 28th.

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If you have any questions please contact Kate at kscaglione@feeedingtampabay.org

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