CATALYST is now in 35 of the 72 schools in our county and serves grades 3-12. There are 63,000 students in Volusia County Schools. Our goal is to serve 10% of these children. To achieve this goal we need more mentors. Please join us in this mission.
We know that poverty is a major contributing factor to poor housing, health, education, nutrition, crime, violence, mental disease, gangs, and the list goes on. Many children have overcome the effects of poverty and succeeded because of an adult who cared enough to make a difference in their lives i.e., a teacher, police officer, a foster parent, grandmother, or a program volunteer. This is a mentor, simply a caring adult in a child’s life who builds a relationship with them which keeps the child focused, allowing them to avoid crime, drug use, teen pregnancy, and gang activity. It also increases the rate of graduation and college attendance.