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 7-week volunteer, educational, and leadership development summer program. High school students will volunteer in our warehouse every Wednesday morning, followed by a one-hour educational or professional development meeting held in our office conference room.

Successful completion of the program in its entirety guarantees at least 35 volunteer hours, but could extend to 50 volunteer hours dependent on individually chosen volunteer opportunities.

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 2 absences for emergencies and unforeseen circumstances

Andrew, Catalyst


* Attend most of the Wednesday volunteer/meetings (no more than 2 absences)

* Volunteer with other Feeding Tampa Bay opportunities (outside of Wednesday warehouse shifts) at least 5 times

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

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

Catalyst in action


The 2023 cohort of Catalysts will meet every Wednesday morning from June 21st - August 2nd, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Applications open February 28th and will be open until April 24th. Click the Apply Now button below to submit your application. Acceptance emails will be sent out by May 15th.

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If you have any questions please contact Chelsea at ccasabona@feedingtampabay.org.

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