CATALYST consists of two phases. In phase one, students meet together weekly to explore and discuss Detroit: its weaknesses, strengths, and history. Topics include homelessness, poverty, healthy food access, urban gardening, medical access, and race. Guests from Detroit non-profits and churches will join us to share their experience of the city. Students discern together and donate time to many of these non-profits to get a full picture of what they're all about.
In phase two, students put what they've learned into action. Each student receives $100 to start a project of their own or help an existing service/ministry. Students are also guided on ways to multiply this money to make an even larger impact. These projects aim to serve the city, the campus, or both.
WSU CATALYST is a campus ministry sponsored by the Young Leaders Initiative, a United Methodist non-profit providing opportunities for young people to serve their community while growing in their faith. COVENANT PARTNER CHURCHES also provide sustainable support and enjoy deepening relationships with CATALYST students as project partners and supportive communities of faith.
CATALYST is led by Wayne State students along with Carl Gladstone, Director of the Young Leaders Initiative of the United Methodist Church.