Our Programs

B.A.S.I.C.S.

Building
Access to
Support
Intentional
ConnectionS

L.E.A.P.

Coming Soon

Lead
Empower
Advocate
Plan

Poverty Simulations

Catapult Greater Pittsburgh hosts several simulations throughout the year to promote knowledge and action within our communities.

S.A.V.E.

Solid
Advice for your
Valuable
Earnings

Building generational wealth is an important element in sustainable economic justice. At Catapult, we support wealth building through paths to homeownership and entrepreneurialism.

D.O.O.R.

Developing
Ownership
Opportunities for
Residents

K.E.Y.

Keeping
Equity
Yours

S.A.V.E.

Solid
Advice for your
Valuable
Earnings

Next Steps Fund

A new program designed to increase equity in homeownership opportunities for Black families.

Startup to Storefront

12-month retail business incubation program for minority entrepreneurs.

Kidpreneurship Training Program

6-month business incubation program for minority youth ages 12-17.

Catapult Culinary

The premiere program for minority food-based businesses.

 

Gallery Retail Incubation

Innovative storefront spaces where retail businesses have access to sell and develop their product in the community.

Catapult for Change

Works to improve local and state policies and practices that are working against economic justice and the best interest of the community.

Catapult:

Support and Connection

Catapult:

B.A.S.I.C.S.

At Catapult, we do not want to see any individual or family lose their footing based on a temporary financial crisis. B.A.S.I.C. (Building Access to Support Intentional Connection) is our emergency resources and support program. We are here to support the needs of those who are in need of food, essential household supplies, feminine care products, personal hygiene items, etc.

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Need help?

If you need short-term financial support, please submit the form below.

Catapult:

L.E.A.P.

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Poverty is NOT a character flaw. At Catapult, we believe that peer connection is a key aspect of achieving economic justice. LEAP is our peer-to-peer connection program that uses a robust curriculum which helps individuals recognize and heal from the trauma of long-term exposure to poverty, create goals for the future, expand social capital and develop lasting relationships for support and to realize long term stability. The program also prepares peers to support each other through anti-racism and implicit bias training.

Catapult’s L.E.A.P. (Lead, Empower, Advocate, Plan) Program is a 9-month program designed to fuel community members to identify, understand, and reflect on who we are as individuals and how we operate within and may benefit from systems of oppression. Once we understand our own positions within these systems, we will work to unpack how systemic racism and the psychology of poverty impact our communities. We will learn about local and national politics related to issues of poverty, food, education, and the criminal justice system. We hope that this program ignites communities to act from that awareness and advocate for justice and change through collective efficacy. LEAP consists of weekly community meetings.

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Who Benefits?

Catapult:

Poverty Simulations

Catapult Greater Pittsburgh hosts several simulations throughout the year to promote knowledge and action within our communities. We use the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS), which is a unique tool that community agencies are able to use to educate everyone, from policy makers to local community leaders, about the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. CAPS is a copyrighted tool made available by the Missouri Association for Community Action to organizations that want to promote a greater understanding of poverty.

If you would be interested in co-hosting a private Poverty Simulation for your group or organization, please contact Jodi Salant at [email protected] for more information.

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Catapult:

S.A.V.E.

S.A.V.E. (Solid Advice for Valuable Earnings) is our trauma-informed financial counseling program. We believe that a strong foundation of personal financial knowledge and planning is paramount to future individual successes. Through this program, we provide workshops, one-on-one guidance, and materials to keep our community members financially informed and empowered. We address generational poverty through a trauma-informed approach which is unique to the Catapult model.

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Need help?

Talk to us about setting up a workshop or one-on-one session.

Catapult:

Asset Building

Building generational wealth is an important element in sustainable economic justice. At Catapult, we support wealth building through paths to homeownership and entrepreneurialism.

Catapult:

D.O.O.R.

Catapult D.O.O.R. (Developing Ownership Opportunities for Residents) is our pre-purchase program. Participants will develop a comprehensive plan to make the dream of first-time homeownership a reality. D.O.O.R. addresses the specific needs and challenges that a prospective buyer may encounter while supporting the buyer every step of the way. 

D.O.O.R. consists of monthly homebuyer education workshops and one-on-one counseling.

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Need help?

Talk to us about setting up a workshop or one-on-one session.

Catapult:

K.E.Y.

Catapult K.E.Y. (Keeping Equity Yours) is our post-purchase program that equips homeowners to maintain their property and build upon their financial fortitude. Homeowners attend workshops focusing on sustainable homeownership. Participants will learn basic home maintenance, how to avoid predatory lending, how to manage estate planning, and more. 

Consisting of monthly homeowner education workshops and one-on-one counseling, K.E.Y. strives to provide homeowners with tangible skills and tools to maintain and sustain responsible homeownership.

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Need help?

Talk to us about setting up a workshop or one-on-one session.

Catapult:

S.A.V.E.

If you’re looking to increase your financial skills and knowledge or have homeownership as a long-term goal, check out our S.A.V.E. (Solid Advice for your Valuable Earnings) program. 

S.A.V.E. is our trauma-informed financial counseling program. We believe that a strong foundation of personal financial knowledge and planning is paramount to future individual successes. Through this program we provide workshops, one-on-one guidance, and materials to keep our community members financially informed and empowered. We address generational poverty through a trauma-informed approach which is unique to the Catapult model.

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Need help?

Talk to us about setting up a workshop or one-on-one session.

Catapult:

Next Steps Fund

The Next Steps Fund is a new program designed to support equity in homeownership opportunities for Black families. 41% of Black families own their homes compared to 68% White families.

Historical discrimination through exclusionary housing policies and practices, a dwindling housing inventory, and many other factors have prevented Black families from purchasing homes at the same rate as their White counterparts.

Finding creative ways to close the Black-White wealth gap starts with an awareness of how we got here and acknowledging the need to correct it. For emphasis, in 1960, 42.4% of homeowners were Black, and in 2019, only 40.9% of homeowners were Black.

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How did the Next Steps Fund get started?

The Next Steps Fund is a new program designed to support equity in homeownership opportunities for Black families. 41% of Black families own their homes compared to 68% White families.

Historical discrimination through exclusionary housing policies and practices, a dwindling housing inventory, and many other factors have prevented Black families from purchasing homes at the same rate as their White counterparts.

Finding creative ways to close the Black-White wealth gap starts with an awareness of how we got here and acknowledging the need to correct it. For emphasis, in 1960, 42.4% of homeowners were Black, and in 2019, only 40.9% of homeowners were Black.

Criteria

Impact

Catapult:

Entrepreneurship

Catapult:

Startup to Storefront

In partnership with Paramount Pursuits, the Catapult: Startup to Storefront program is a 12-month retail business incubation program for minority entrepreneurs who want to start and/or grow and existing retail business.

Designed to assist in starting, strengthening, and expanding business operations. Program participants participate in monthly cohort learning while receiving, one-on-one mentoring, educational seminars, networking, technical assistance, and opportunities to build strategic partnerships.

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Accepting Applications Fall 2021

Catapult Kids:

Kidpreneurship Training Program

Launched in 2021 in partnership with entrepreneurial consultant Debra Titus, the Catapult Kids: Kidpreneurship Training Program’s mission is to inspire, educate, and promote young people on the benefits of financial sustainability and community empowerment through entrepreneurship.

Catapult Kids is a 6-month business incubation program for minority youth ages 12-17. Participants are placed in a supportive cohort learning environment to learn about personal, SMART goal setting, starting a business, marketing, sales, and retail business operations.

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Accepting Applications Fall 2021

Catapult:

Culinary

Catapult Culinary is the premiere program for minority food-based businesses. We assist small, food-based businesses and provide them with the tools they need to succeed in the food industry. The program is designed as a business accelerator to assist business owners in starting or expanding food business operations. 

For more information on this program email Lachelle Binion, Catapult Entrepreneurship Program Manager at [email protected]

The program provides technical assistance in the areas of:

Program Partners

Applications Currently Closed

Catapult:

Gallery Retail Incubation

The Catapult Retail Gallery Incubators are innovative storefront spaces where retail businesses have access to sell and develop their product in the community.

Created due to the historic lack of minority businesses having access to high traffic storefront spaces, we seek to promote economic justice by intentionally creating high-visibility spaces where minority business owners can gain hands-on retail experience in a supported, low-risk environment.

Our gallery retail spaces benefit not only the business owners, but the entire community.

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Current Gallery Retail Locations

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all gallery retail locations are currently closed.
Please check back for updates on openings.

Catapult:

Policy Advocacy

Catapult:

For Change

The work that we do is strengthened by just systems, policy, and administrative practices that protect individuals living at or below the poverty line, underemployed or unemployed people. Catapult for Change works to improve local and state policies and practices that are working against economic justice and the best interest of the community.

Graduates of the L.E.A.P. program will be invited to join Catapult for Change action committees to advocate for progress in the areas of food justice, education justice, economic justice, and the criminal justice system.

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