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The Catalyst Summit – for girls and young women who want to save the world


In this blog post, co-founder and director of Catalyse Change CIC, Traci Lewis, gives an overview of The Catalyst Summit and how you can get involved. Catalyse Change is a Bristol-based social enterprise working to inspire, empower and skill girls and young women as sustainability leaders and changemakers. They first launched in 2016 at a Green Mingle and delivered their first programme through the support of the BGCP ‘Better Bristol’ crowdfunding campaign. 

The Catalyst Summit is a new online 3-day event in July that will empower young women to build a sustainable world. This new summit replaces the summer Catalyst Bootcamp that was due to take place in Bristol as a face-to-face event.

When that got cancelled, due to the pandemic, Catalyse Change decided to create the Catalyst Summit as an alternate online space. A place where even more amazing young women and sustainability experts from around the world can meet and learn.

This event will build on the free Green Careers Masterclasses that we hosted over the last few months. These sessions brought young women and girls together online, to hear from inspirational female leaders in the sustainability world. They helped to develop new skills and confidence, and even resulted in some of the young women gaining remote internships and work experience online.

Organiser Traci Lewis explains, “Just because we can’t meet in person it shouldn’t stop us connecting, empowering and supporting each other.

Due to Covid young women are currently facing an uncertain future, with internships cancelled and work hard to find. This event will help support them during this difficult time, providing them with positivity, and confidence, along with useful skills and experience to help them in their education and careers.

We are excited to be running our first online Catalyst Summit and would love any young women, who want to make a difference, to join us. Let’s empower and support each other while having some fun, making new friends and learning how to help save the planet.”

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  • Be a Mentor After the event the young women are matched with a mentor to support them on their changemaker journey. So we are currently looking for mentors – professional women who work in social or environmental change – to take on this role. It is a voluntary position which provides one-to-one support for 3-6 months – a minimum of one hour per month – to a young woman who wants to make a difference, but isn’t yet sure how to go about it.  For more info see here.
  • Be a Sponsor There are lots of different ways you can support us to deliver and increase the impact of our Catalyst Summit, by sponsoring a session (£50) or paying for a young woman, from less advantaged background, to attend (£100). Any support you can give is much appreciated and helps make it all possible.  
  • Help us spread the word about our Catalyst Summit to girls and young women – aged 16-24 years – who want to save the world. It will be held on 8th, 15th, 22nd July. 

For all enquiries please get in touch with Traci Lewis.

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