RippleFX's Catapult program is an intensive 11-week experience of spiritual growth, leadership development, and mission immersion in Canton, Ohio.
Discover who you are.
Who you are is more important than what you can do. We will help you discover your identity in Christ. The more you see yourself as God sees you, the healthier you'll be as a leader.
The best things in life are never done alone. When we intentionally connect with others, it is easier to share and receive encouragement and challenge. It's within this type of safe community that our experiences produce tremendous growth.
We all want our lives to make a difference in the world. During Catapult, we will walk along side of you, coaching and giving real life opportunities to grow as a leader and better empower others.
Each week, you will hear from different leaders from the business world, the non-profit community, and churches.
Catapult participants are trained to be leaders, great employees, and difference makers. The primary focus is identity, personal mission, and discovering your own leadership style.
The learning environments we create for Catapult are more than just information downloads. They are spaces to process and consider how to personally apply and live out the concepts we are learning.
Each Catapult participant will spend three days per week at a business, non-profit organization, or church to gain experiences in their field of interest. We partner with local organizations who are committed to raising up young leaders.
We also spend a week at Wildside, a middle school camp, where each Catapult participant learns to lead a team by actually doing it! Think of it as a week long leadership intensive experience. You can find out more about Wildside here.
At RippleFX, we are big believers in sharing life and laughing together. While we spend the summer learning and growing, we want to make space to have fun and experience life. That is why we take a weekend retreat together, share meals together, and also encourage other connections outside of Catapult.
Catapult starts on May 20th and concludes on August 4th, 2023.
May 18-21: Move-In Days
May 21: Welcome Dinner
May 23: First Day of Placement
May 26-28: Leadership Retreat
June 16-23: Wildside Camp
June 1-4, July 13-16, 20-23, 27-30: Optional Mission Experiences
August 3: Last Day of Placement
August 4: Celebration Dinner
No, it's much more. Internships just focus on work experience. Catapult is a holistic, hands-on, community-focused, leadership-development experience. You'll definitely get some work experience, but Catapult goes way beyond just an internship. By the end of it, you will have gained new friendships and an entire network of people cheering you on.
There is no cost for attending Catapult. All costs are covered by partnering organizations, contributions from Catapult Alumni, and others who believe in developing young leaders.
Yes, there is. Summer experiences are not just about money. Catapult is a holistic leadership development program, the value of which is much more than just a paycheck. We want folks in our program who want to learn and grow and are motivated beyond just finances. At the same time, we do want to lessen the cost of not being able to work a full time job in the summer months. Therefore, we offer a $2,200 stipend for the summer to help supplement the cost of participating in Catapult.
Catapult averages 32-35 hours per week.
Yes. Students who are coming from outside our region are provided housing at no cost. We have host families that our Catapult peeps stay with for the summer.
No. While we do have some dinners together and provide lunch on some Mondays, food in general is a responsibility Catapult peeps need to take ownership of. Host families will provide some refrigerator space and use of kitchens so you can purchase and prepare food as needed.
It depends. If you have a family vacation planned, please let us know during the interview process. Some placements can accommodate your plans and some cannot. It really depends upon your placement and the dates of your plans.
Yes. Having a vehicle is a must. There are times when we travel together as a group. However, transportation to your job placement each week is your own responsibility.