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What is Catalyst?

Catalyst is a community engagement program where participants engage in meaningful community service and be a spark for change! You and your fellow students will have the opportunity to learn about a social and environmental issue that has an impact on our community, serve alongside community partners in the triad, and reflect on your experiences as a group. Each day has a different theme, view the schedule below and scroll to the bottom for more details about what a Catalyst day is like.

SPEAK PEEK: Spring 2022 Catalyst Topics

  • Science & Technology (rescheduled from Fall 2021)
  • Animal Therapy
  • Social Injustice in the Fashion Industry
  • Environmental Consciousness
  • Marginalized Populations

Fall 2021 Catalysts:

September 25 – Paws for a Cause

  • This Catalyst will focus on the importance of “adopting and not shopping” as well as how important pets can be for our mental health. We will be visiting different local organizations where we will be interacting with many different types of animals.
  • Registration has closed.

October 16 – LGBTQ+ Experiences

  • Our LGBTQ+ focused experience will give UNCG changemakers an opportunity to serve through creating and fostering meaningful connections with different organizations in the community.
  • Registration has closed.

October 23 – Keep Calm & Put On Your Lab Coat

  • This Catalyst will focus on the importance of science and technology. Science matters and we want to share the wonders of science and technology with today’s youth. Join us as we fellowship, educate, and enlighten the youth of how science and technology work together to help shape our world.
  • This Catalyst has been postponed until Spring 2022. Check back in next semester for registration dates!

November 6 – Bring Out the Leader In You

  • A youth-centered experience that will focus on mentoring and facilitating activities with Greensboro youth.
  • Registration has closed.

November 20 – Awareness of Greensboro Housing & Hunger Relief Services

  • This event aims to inform students of the issues community members who experience hunger & homelessness face, and the resources available to them in Greensboro.
  • Registration has closed.

More about Catalyst:
  • Catalyst is FREE to UNCG students!
  • All you need to do is apply to go and attend a virtual pre-Catalyst meeting the week before your Catalyst to make sure you’re prepared and have all the information you need.
  • Each Catalyst has room for 8-13 students and is led by trained student staff from OLCE.
  • All participants are required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing through the entire day, even when outside. 
  • Transportation and meals (breakfast and lunch) are provided.
  • Each Catalyst is on a Saturday from approximately 8:30am-5pm.
  • Any special equipment needed for the service projects will be provided (gloves, paintbrushes, etc.)
  • OLCE staff can approve these community service hours if you are part of a program that requires service hours (Leadership Challenge, student org, sorority or fraternity, etc.)

Covid-19 Service Protocols

At this time OLCE is offering very limited opportunities for in-person community service throughout the fall semester. We will be offering a modified version of our Catalyst program. Click here to read our Covid-19 Service protocols outlining some of the precautions we are taking. 

2021-2022 Catalyst Leaders