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For too long the disastrous policies of the War on Drugs have been justified in the name of protecting young people without granting them space to speak for themselves. 

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CATALYST IS THE FIRST PROGRAM OF ITS KIND TO BRING TOGETHER YOUTH FROM ACROSS THE AMERICAS TO DISCUSS THE WAR ON DRUGS.

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Every summer, Catalyst convenes a diverse group of young leaders from communities across the Americas that have been affected by the war on drugs. Over the course of three weeks, participants learn about the historical, social and political dimensions of the war on drugs in a unique bilingual, experiential learning environment. Catalyst students are provided a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and identify common narratives with their peers. They are challenged to think creatively and holistically about alternatives to the complex, transnational conflict that is the war on drugs. Based on their interests and the specific challenges of their community, Catalyst graduates are partnered with an established activist in their home region who engage them in a year-long mentorship following the program. By participating in Catalyst students  join a pan-american network of young thinkers, artists and activists committed to bringing the war on drugs to an end. Full need-based scholarships covering the costs of travel, room, board and tuition are available to all participants.

The 2017 selection process is now complete. Please check back next year to apply for Catalyst 2018.