High School Catalyst

Write Your Unique Story at This Transformation Experience

High school students are faced with unprecedented pressure to perform, achieve and have their future plans mapped out and locked down. At the same time, teens are experiencing some of the highest rates of mental health challenges, like depression and anxiety, as well as “ambiguity intolerance,” the inability to navigate the unknown. These dynamics demand that we meet students where they are at and support their development in an intentional way.

High School Catalyst is a premier leadership conference that aims to equip high school students with tools to navigate the next phase of life, connect them to their peers and community and inspire them to live out their unique leadership story.

WHO | 500 High School Students from around Southwest Michigan

Students from traditional and alternative high schools are welcome and should be at least 15 years of age.

WHEN | November 14, 2020

Doors open at 8:00 AM. The main event takes place from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with lunch included.

WHERE | Western Michigan University Campus

Miller Auditorium, located at 2200 Auditorium Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008


National and local speakers on the main stage will inspire students and spark new ideas with time for live Q&A sessions!

Gallup CliftonStrengths Assessment and Review: Students will complete the assessment prior to attending the event. Sessions at the event will help students understand how to engage their greatest strengths to create success.

Interactive breakout sessions will tackle topics such as leadership, goal setting, mental health and stress management, developing your personal brand, creating social impact and so much more!

Live, interactive philanthropic experience will engage students in giving back to the community.

Career Exploration Expo will give exposure to local companies.

Music, food and swag bags. Live DJ on stage. Lunch and snacks will be provided!

Do you want to join or have more questions?

This event is exclusive to students who are attending with their school group. If you would like to find out if a group from your school is attending or would like to learn how you can get a free ticket, please contact Olivia Ritsema.

Interested in sponsoring a group?

If you are interested in giving the gift of leadership to a group of high school students, please contact Carla Sones. Below you’ll find a sampling of last year’s sponsors as we gear up for 2020.