“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama
Committed to Growth
We are forever committed to growth. It's the essence of the work that we do. However, moving forward during the last two years might have been the most significant personal and organizational growth we've experienced.
One of my highest values is community. After the world shut down and people were isolated from each other, I knew we needed community more than ever but had no idea how we could successfully gather people on purpose virtually. Prior to the pandemic, I resisted online meetings --- why connect via a computer when you could bring people together face-to-face?
It took some adjusting but slowly I became more and more comfortable with the technology and hosting virtual meetings. I even went as far as hiring a virtual assistant, something I never thought would work for me.
I've learned so much through this process. Admittedly, I was stretched. By letting go of the limitations I thought technology would have and learning to embrace technology as a tool allowed HTI to significantly expand our reach and remove geographic boundaries.
The goal was always to make an impact. Now we're able to touch lives locally, nationally, and globally. That's growth!
------ Folami, CEO HTI Catalysts
Meet Jarrod Walker, Visual Creative
A huge part of HTI's growth this year can be contributed to Jarrod Walker, Visual Creative. Many know him through his amazing design work for L4J, but we'd like to introduce him to you officially. Learn more about how Jarrod came to HTI, his hopes for HTI and L4J along with some interested and fun facts.
What brought you to HTI? I was approached to be Folami’s executive assistant at a time when I really didn’t want to take on any more admin work. When she shared the new project she was creating, “Listening 4 Justice”, hearing her passion and her talk about it really excited me - so based on her idea I took the assignment and eventually became the visual creative for L4J as well as a collaborative partner alongside her.
It has been an exciting journey of growth for the L4J project and for me personally. Throughout this past year, I have honed my skills in graphic design and truly tapped into my creative gifts. I look forward to continued growth and serving in a broader capacity in 2022.
What are your hopes for HTI and L4J? To set the catalysts up for success and lay the plans and groundwork for the Catalytic Learning Community.
A resource to help people learn more about L4J? We've created a visual canvas (Padlet) with tons of resources for continued learning by the pillars of society (which we explore during the L4J experience). Check out ourresource Padlet.
10 Fun Facts
1. What is your favorite destination? Any beach
2. What was your first car, any cool story behind getting it? ’79 cutlass supreme… it was a hoopty with no power steering, but I needed a way to get back/forth from school & work with my extracurricular activities so I made it work.
3. What gets you excited about the day? Being creative
4. Who was your celebrity crush? Nia Long (blame Love Jones)
5. What’s your biggest passion? Unique storytelling
6. Best advice you’ve ever gotten from your mom? Be yourself and don’t worry about what people say about you - “they talked about Jesus, what makes you think they won’t gonna talk about you?”
7. Kroger or Publix? Kroger ... I mean, I did work there as a lead cake decorator and deli/baker assistant manager. LOL
8. If you were a professor, what course would you teach? Event Design
9. How do you relax after a long day? Watching sappy Christmas movies
10. Do you have any hidden talent? Many!!! (The least known is fashion design)
From Whence We've Come
From Helping Our Minds Expand to the Home Training Institue
. . .we've come a long way.
People often ask Catalysts what does "HTI" stand for? Here's our story. In 1992, Folami and a small group of friends and colleagues founded Home, Inc. – Helping Our Minds Expand. It was a grassroots effort with the first initiative being the HOME Hotline – you could call the hotline to hear about mind-expanding events happening across the city of Atlanta.
HOME’s founders would pick up every flyer they saw during their weekly travels and Folami would record a message twice a week promoting those culturally affirming and educational events. Folami even wrote a song about Helping Our Minds Expand.
In 1989 Folami authored Self-Esteem Through Culture Leads to Academic Excellence, a 32-session curriculum for grades K-8 and high school, along with Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu.
It was out of the combination of efforts to promote culture in the community that the HOME Training Institute was born.
In 2015, HOME Training Institute “grew up” to become HTI Catalysts, a network of independent consultants committed to expanding their reach and skillsets by working in partnership to deliver the HTI way with the shared mission in mind – to utilize facilitative experiences to shift leaders and communities towards equity and shared visioning that impact change.
This year, we became even clearer on our vision and mission.
A world where listening, learning, and leading result in life-affirming systemic change!
To create and hold spaces that build community, evoke organizational shifts, and promote cultural justice!
We are excited to have expanded our work, our team, our vision, and our mission.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH
We invite you to . . . .
Expand your mind. Expand your growth. Plant the seed.
Here are 3 ways you can get involved
1. Join the Consultants Network(Share your facilitation skills and expertise as we partner to do the work)
2. Join the yearlong professional development community - the Catalytic Learning Community(Build skills as an independent consultant and/or facilitator)
3. Join the L4J Experience(complete the pre-registration form to show interest and help decide the day of the next series - form closes 12/21/21)
To join the Consultants Network or the Catalytic Learning Community, please email.
We Facilitate Transformation
HTI Catalysts create and hold spaces that build community, evoke organizational shifts, and promote cultural justice.
Our impact areas are better schools, advancing equity & cultural justice, fostering high-quality youth programming, and empowering families to build capacity.