The Catalyst Role

Become a Catalyst

Building a stronger community starts with you.

The 2018 application is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied to be a part of the team that will help shape the relationship between the college scene and the greater Tallahassee area. If you’d like updates about KCCI events and projects, please join our mailing list and follow us on social media!

University-Community Connectivity

Nationally renowned public parks, top-notch cuisine, trendy boutiques, historic locales — Tallahassee is brimming with attractions and activities. But some students attending Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College spend four years here unaware of the world outside of campus. Showing our students what Tallahassee has to offer is key to retaining talent, expanding our creative class and spurring the city’s economic vitality.

University-Community Connectivity, KCCI’s project for 2018, will be a bridge between university students and the diverse offerings of our city. But this initiative extends beyond merely showing college-goers what makes Tallahassee great. KCCI Catalysts will work to create a community culture that embraces college students and positions Tallahassee as their home-away-from-home, paving the way for them to build relationships with residents and plant roots here long before they graduate.

The 2018 Catalyst team will review what has been done in similar cities to better unite Tallahassee’s “town and gown,” and also conduct their own investigations to determine what college students look for when deciding to make a city their home. Using their findings as a guide, Catalysts will propose ideas to build University-Community Connectivity; they will then work with community stakeholders to bring one of those ideas to life. Ideas could include initiative like:
  • Developing a road map that engages students in the community, along their career path, and through social aspects
  • Creating a branding campaign to educate students about the community and career opportunities
  • Enhancing and updating a current university program such as the Community Resource Fair or Experience Tallahassee festival
  • Implementing an “adopt a college student” program, where local families can serve as mentors for college students
  • Establishing a regular networking dinner event that pairs local professionals with groups of college students who share similar interests or majors
  • Or any other creative idea the catalysts decide to pursue