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

On Hold

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

Startup to Storefront

12-month retail business incubation program for minority entrepreneurs.

Kidpreneurship Training Program

Coming Soon

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.

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 assistance with housing insecurity, benefits management, immediate cash flow issues and mental health needs, we can connect you with our trusted partners.

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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently hosting poverty simulations.
Please check back for updates.

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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?

Schedule a workshop or one-on-one sessoin using the new Catapult Scheduler.

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?

Schedule a workshop or one-on-one sessoin using the new Catapult Scheduler.

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?

Schedule a workshop or one-on-one sessoin using the new Catapult Scheduler.

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?

Schedule a workshop or one-on-one sessoin using the new Catapult Scheduler.

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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Need help?

To apply to Catapult: Startup-to-Storefront, complete this intake form.

Catapult Kids:

Kidpreneurship Training Program

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Launching in 2021 and in partnership with entrepreneurial consultant, Debra Titus the Catapult Kids: Kidpreneurship Training Program has a mission 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 in which participants will be placed in a supportive cohort learning environment and will gain understanding on Personal SMART goal setting, starting a business, marketing, sales, and retail business operations.

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Catapult:

Culinary

Catapult Culinary will be the premiere program for minority food-based businesses. If you are looking to grow your existing food-based business, or start a new one (restaurant, catering, food-truck) this program is for you!

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

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

To apply to Catapult: Culinary, complete this intake form.

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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