Alumni Story: John Allison

John Allison is a 2012-2013 PULSE alumnus. In this interview he discusses his experiences in PULSE in regards to creating community, developing leadership skills, serving in Pittsburgh.

 

 

What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you?

The part about the PULSE program that I found attractive was the potential to integrate my communal with my work life. In terms of surprises: community living is always a surprise!

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

The best part of my PULSE experience was creating community (e.g. cooking) with fellow PULSErs.

How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?

PULSE helped develop my leadership and organizational skills, and opened me up to the world of nonprofits.

What kind of work do you do now?

I just finished up Seminary and am currently exploring the world of nonprofit education.

How did PULSE prepare you for what you are doing now?

My PULSE experience helped me hone a vision of how to serve one’s community.

How have you stayed connected with PULSE?

I’ve stayed in touch with some friends that I made in the program (as best I could while living out of state).

 

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Partner Story: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust transformed downtown Pittsburgh into a world-class Cultural District that is a shining beacon of urban revitalization through the arts. “Hundreds of artists, thousands of students, and millions of people expand their horizons in the theaters, galleries, and public art environments. Named “the single greatest creative force in Pittsburgh because of its spirit of reinvention” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Trust is the catalyst behind Pittsburgh’s thriving Cultural district and continues to enrich the region’s vibrancy and prosperity.”

Diana Roth is the Senior Communications Manager of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

DR: PULSE has provided the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust with the opportunity to have a PULSE fellow on staff and working together on a variety of projects over the past year has opened the door to mutual exchange of ideas and growth in our cultural connections with the community.

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

DR: Our PULSE fellow is professional, hard working, and a great team member.

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

DR: I would highly recommend organizations to consider a partnership with PULSE.

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This is part of a series of posts about the Nonprofit Partner experience with PULSE. If you would like to learn more about a Nonprofit Partnership, please visit our Partner Page.

Alumni Story: Sara Alvarez

Sara Alvarez is a 2012-2013 PULSE alumnus. In this interview she discusses her experiences in PULSE in regards to moving to a new city, living in community, serving in a nonprofit and growing as a leader.

 

What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you?

I loved the idea of moving to a new city and doing volunteer work while getting a built in community of friends and connections through the program.

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

I fondly remember having a great nonprofit partnership and wonderful housemates and other PULSE fellows. I had opportunities to explore a lot of Pittsburgh and participate in a lot of fun events and activities.

What did the PULSE experience teach you about yourself?

PULSE helped me learn more independence and helped me grow up.

How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?

I always look back fondly at my time in PULSE. I really enjoyed getting to know my PULSE fellows. It felt like a great transition after college.

What kind of work do you do now?

Content Marketing Director at Everence.

How did PULSE prepare you for what you are doing now?

I wouldn’t say that PULSE prepared me directly for my job, but nonetheless it served as an enriching experience in my life.

How have you stayed connected with PULSE?

I read some of the material on social media and mailings.

 

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Partner Story: The Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle was established in ‘Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community in 2006, and is dedicated to integrating adults with special needs more fully into the broader community. The program engages children and young adults with and without special needs in a full range of social activities. The Friendship Circle aims to enrich the lives of all participants through mutually advantageous interactions, creating lasting friendships which consequently strengthen the Jewish and greater community’.

Rabbi Mordy is the Executive Director of the Friendship Circle Pittsburgh. In the following interview, he speaks about the experience partnering with PULSE.

CC:  Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

RM: We heard PULSE was a fabulous way to cultivate new talent who would appreciate our mission and that the fellows are, by and large, very capable.

CC: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?

RM: The guidance and assurance we have from the leadership at PULSE have been huge. We also have been extremely fortunate with Kahley (current PULSEr)! She fits the culture of FC and our mission like a glove.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

RM: The programs that Kahley has been involved in have developed astronomically under her leadership. I like to think she has grown a great deal as a person but the organization as a whole, and many specific programs, are better because or Kahley (and PULSE)!

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

RM: We don’t have much to compare Kahley to, but her friendliness, ability, creativity have all truly enhanced us.

CC:What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

RM: You certainly have the opportunity to find the right fitting fellow for what you are looking for, but, once you do, you can have the confidence knowing that you are cultivating a leader while getting a dedicated person on board!

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This is part of a series of posts about the Nonprofit Partner experience with PULSE. If you would like to learn more about a Nonprofit Partnership, please visit our Partner Page.

Alumni Story: Johnny Erevia

Johnny Erevia is a 2012-2013 PULSE alumnus. In this interview he discusses his experiences in PULSE in regards to living in the city, serving in a charter school, and cooking meals in his community.

 

What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you?

When I graduated from college, in rural northwest Ohio, I knew that I wanted an urban experience. PULSE was so attractive because it presented the opportunity to explore a vibrant city with a group of like-minded and adventurous people.

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

The best part of my PULSE experience was exploring Pittsburgh with my fellow PULSErs. I truly got to experience a lot: outdoor concerts, banjo night, ultimate frisbee, athletic events, and the gatherings at our own Stanton house. Also, I relished in the weekly joy and challenge of cooking a meal we sat down to share as a family.

How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?

PULSE was my first extended urban experience. It was what I desired after moving to Pittsburgh from rural northwest Ohio and it didn’t disappoint. I still love being a young professional and living in the city. I like living only a few blocks from past and current PULSErs, friends I’ve had for a long time and friends I haven’t met yet.

What kind of work do you do now?

I am currently in my fourth year as a Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officer. I work patrol in Zone 5 (the east end from Bloomfield to East Hills) and am a new Field Training Officer. I ride with probationary officers as a they work patrol for the first time and instruct/coach them along the way. I am also a member of the Special Response Team (SRT) with which I respond to mass gatherings and hazardous material incidents.

How did PULSE prepare you for what you are doing now?

My PULSE nonprofit partnership was at a charter school working as a truancy officer. In this position I routinely communicated with parents and guardians about their youth’s habitual absences. I developed truancy elimination plans and saw non-traffic citations for truancy brought before the local magistrate. This required me to interact with the population of the school and its families. I helped them find the pulse of what was causing dysfunction in their families or community and try to provide a helpful resource.

How have you stayed connected with PULSE?

I enjoy the PULSE emails and stories about past or current participants and their nonprofit partnership. I also routinely see PULSE alumni from my year and others.

 

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