PULSE LIVE #2 – November 27

PULSE Pitch and Community Engagement
Two weeks ago, some of our Fellows participated in an event called PULSE Pitch: they presented community projects in hopes of getting funded to carry that project out. Tonight, we will with Fellows who pitched their ideas and got funded! Additionally, we cover other growth opportunities such as House Community Events, mentoring, seminars, coaching, and volunteering.

What is PULSE Pitch? What PULSE Pitch ideas got funded? What are the next steps for these projects? What are HCE’s? What have been the best seminars so far? Who serves as mentors, and what do you do?
Ask these questions and any others you have – PULSE related or not – during the stream.

PULSE Live! is a monthly live broadcast that touches upon key, fun aspects of the PULSE Fellowship experience. Tune in the last Tuesday of every month to interact with current PULSE Fellows to learn about their experience and to learn how to become a Fellow yourself.

October’s Theme: PULSE Pitch and Community Engagement
Join us with this link: https://youtu.be/zSvHatPSQ98

What is PULSE?
PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. We invite talented university graduates to partner with nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. PULSE Fellows serve with a Pittsburgh non-profit, live with other participants in intentional community and grow as leaders through our personal development program. Through all our activities, we equip and develop young people to be civic and community leaders with a heart for service.

 

RSVP on Facebook!

Join us on Tuesday!

PULSE Pitch- November 14

JOIN PULSE at the PULSE PITCH

Join PULSE Fellows, alumni, board, nonprofit partners and neighborhood residents as PULSE fellows “pitch” their ideas for small, community-based projects throughout Pittsburgh.

Fellows have 5-7 mins to “Pitch” their idea. The PULSE alumni council and audience will have an opportunity to vote for where funding will be distributed. Amounts of up to $1,000 will be made available to provide immediate support for projects.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Location: Alloy 26, 100 S Commons Suite 102, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

RSVP. Please get your free tickets here.

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ABOUT THE PULSE PITCH:

The PULSE Pitch is a program for PULSE fellows to share ideas for small-scale community-based projects in Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Through PULSE Pitch and the PULSE Fellow Fund, fellows are coached to effectively plan, communicate, implement and evaluate their community-based project.

The PULSE Pitch is an opportunity for PULSE fellows to communicate community-based projects to a wide variety of constituents (fellows, alumni, board, residents, friends, the general public)

Pop Into PULSE – November 8

Interested in becoming a PULSE fellow?

See what’s Poppin at PULSE!
Popcorn Bar and Hot Cider Open House
Come and visit one of our newest PULSE houses in the South Hilltop to learn about the PULSE program and to share fall drinks and snacks. Hear from current PULSE fellows about how you can serve, live, and grow with PULSE during a year of service and leadership!

This is a casual opportunity to learn more about PULSE, meet current PULSE fellows, check out one of the PULSE houses, and enjoy great food, drink, and games.

RSVP Today!

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: PULSE Kingsboro House, 317 Kingsboro Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15211

PULSE Holiday Party- December 6

Stanton Ave House 2 with textPULSE Holiday Party.  Come one, come all to a night of celebration and fun at the  PULSE Stanton House!

PULSE Holiday Party. Come one, come all to the PULSE Stanton house to enjoy food, drinks and great conversation with the PULSE Family: fellows, alumni, board and staff. All are invited to attend this event to celebrate the holidays and get to know PULSE. Invite a Friend!

Over the last 25 years, PULSE has invited about 350 young adults to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 500,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Location: 5615 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

RSVP. Please get your free tickets here.

PULSE Live – October 30

Join Recruiting Coordinator Neal Donovan as he grills current PULSE Fellows with all sorts of questions: we’ll cover their experiences serving with a nonprofit, their time living in community, as well as having fun with topics like favorite chip type/flavor, dream vacation, craziest trip, and more!
Ask any question you have – PULSE related or not – during the stream!

PULSE Live! is a monthly live broadcast that touches upon key, fun aspects of the PULSE Fellowship experience. Tune in the last Tuesday of every month to interact with current PULSE Fellows to learn about their experience and to learn how to become a Fellow yourself.

October’s Theme: PULSE Fellow Hot Seat
Join us with this link: https://youtu.be/PgDoU6C8wgk

What is PULSE?
PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. We invite talented university graduates to partner with nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. PULSE Fellows serve with a Pittsburgh non-profit, live with other participants in intentional community and grow as leaders through our personal development program. Through all our activities, we equip and develop young people to be civic and community leaders with a heart for service.

 

RSVP on Facebook!

Join us on Tuesday!

PULSE Fellow Application Now LIVE!

FELLOW APPLICATION NOW LIVE – APPLY!

PULSE is now accepting applications for its 2019-20 cohort.  PULSE fellows SERVE with a nonprofit, LIVE in intentional community, and GROW as a leader.

This year-long service and leadership fellowship (August 2019-August 2020) works to equip and develop young adults to be civic and community leaders with a heart for service.  Read more about our programour process, and apply to be a PULSE fellow

If you have any questions about serving with PULSE, please contact Neal Donovan at ndonovan@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412-361-0124.

Over the last 25 years, PULSE has invited about 350 young adults to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 500,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.

CURRENT FELLOWS

FELLOW STORIES

LEARN MORE ABOUT A YEAR OF SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

PULSE Nonprofit Info Session – November 15

RSVP TODAY!

Nonprofit professionals:  Please join us for lunch, networking, an overview of PULSE and the specifics of a PULSE nonprofit partnership.

On 11/15/18 from 12-1pm, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. To attend this lunch and info session, please RSVP

If you have any questions about a partnership with PULSE, please contact Jonnett Maurer at jmaurer@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412-361-0124.

PULSE fellows serve eleven months from the beginning of September to the beginning of August, 35 hours/week, building capacity, tackling large-scale projects and helping your organization succeed.

For the past 25 years, PULSE has invited about 350 talented university graduates to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 500,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.

CURRENT PARTNERS

PARTNER STORIES

LEARN MORE ABOUT A PULSE PARTNERSHIP

 

PULSE Nonprofit Partner Network Gathering- October 3

RSVP TODAY!

Current Nonprofit Partners and Fellows: Please join us for this time of lunch, networking, and an opportunity to connect with, collaborate on, and cultivate one another, our organizations, and the next generation of nonprofit leaders in Pittsburgh.

On 10/3/18 from 12-2pm, PULSE will host our first nonprofit partner network gathering at CoLab18. To attend this lunch and info session, please RSVP

If you have any questions about a partnership with PULSE, please contact Jonnett Maurer at jmaurer@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412-361-0124.

PULSE fellows serve eleven months from the beginning of September to the beginning of August, 35 hours/week, building capacity, tackling large-scale projects and helping your organization succeed.

For the past 25 years, PULSE has invited about 350 talented university graduates to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 500,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.

CURRENT PARTNERS

PARTNER STORIES

LEARN MORE ABOUT A PULSE PARTNERSHIP

 

Amanda’s Letter

Amanda Alexandre (Long Beach, NY /Susquehanna University ‘17)

Amanda Alexandre, a native of Long Beach, NY, completed her undergraduate degree at Susquehanna University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. During her time in school, she was a Global Ambassador Intern, supporting international students’ transition to a new culture and providing academic advice. She also raised donations to help build houses in Snyder County with Habitat for Humanity.  In her free time, Amanda practices yoga and meditation.  She also enjoys running, reading, crocheting, and traveling. She is a part of the East End cohort, and is serving at the Crossroads Foundation.

Recently, Amanda wrote this letter of support to invite others to join in supporting next year’s group of PULSE fellows.

“Dear Friends…

This time last year, I was overjoyed because I knew that at 22 I had an opportunity to leave a lasting impact on others through PULSE. PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to positively influence some of the most vulnerable people and nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh.

It is Spring again, and somehow, my year of service with PULSE is less than two months away from ending. With the support I have had from coworkers and the PULSE community, these past nine months have been a greater experience than for which I could have hoped for. Through PULSE, I have had the chance to live in an intentional community, to immerse myself in the city and grow as a leader, and to serve in a nonprofit organization, Crossroads Foundation, for 35 hours a week.

It is empowering to be among 32 young adults participating and believing in organizations that improve the lives of others. I am fortunate to live with four incredible other Fellows and hear about the trail they are paving at their organizations at the end of the day; their works ranges from serving at an environmental charter school, an age friendly organization, a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities, and one that helps foster a bond between mothers who have lost a child and a mother who is in need of donations of breast milk to keep their premature baby alive.

PULSE pushes us to be better individuals through weekly seminars led by local leaders and our diverse group of talented Fellows on relevant or controversial topics such as gentrification in Pittsburgh. PULSE also provides us with professional networking events and opportunities to explore local organizations like our local coffee shops, and many more.

Other ways I have been able to grow is by having a mentor in PULSE and a career coaching group. In addition to growing professionally, PULSE encourages us to join communities and organizations that relate to our passion; for this reason, I volunteer at an organization called Literacy Pittsburgh that focuses on teaching English to people of all walks of life living in Pittsburgh as refugees or professionals. Through this experience, I have gotten to know an incredible couple from China that I tutor English to twice a week.

Of course, the best part of being a PULSE Fellow is working with vulnerable youth at Crossroads Foundation. It is unaccountably rewarding to work with these young adults whose living experiences reflect my own at that age. Crossroads provides an equitable education to low-income high school students by sending them to one of our six partnering Catholic high schools in Pittsburgh. Aside from funding their high quality Catholic education, our students have a Crossroads Counselor at school to help with academic, social, and personal obstacles. Finally, we guide our scholars’ parents along their high school and college journey by hosting workshops and events to prepare them for their child’s continued education. I am privileged to take part in making a difference in these youths’ lives by coordinating and facilitating events to help guide their parents in their transitional period. Through my direct service role, I am able to go to the high schools to meet with our junior and senior scholars to prepare them for college, and to also offer support to those in their first year of college by checking in during their semester.

The most rewarding part of my job at Crossroad Foundation is seeing many of our first-generation college students beginning to hope for their future. I have seen students’ progress from being hesitant to meet with me in the beginning of my service year to thanking me for getting them to where they needed to be. Out of our 31 seniors, all of them have gotten accepted to a college or a university and will be attending some of the most well-known schools in the country such as Carnegie Mellon University, American University, Northeastern University, Howard University, and many more. As I imagine my future, I know I want my career to mimic my experience this past year. No matter the path I choose, I hope it will be filled with the same joy of making a positive change in our youths’ future, and with the contentment of knowing they will continue to pass it forward.

I am beyond grateful to have had an amazing year of service with PULSE after graduating from Susquehanna. This experience was only possible due to my PULSE predecessor raising enough money to allow the next generation of Fellows to share this opportunity with our housing, meals, and transportation covered for the year.

If you are able, would you please consider donating to PULSE so this amazing experience may be offered to another deserving individual? As a team, we are so close to our goal of raising enough money to support the incoming cohort and I am asking for your help to assist me in passing this forward.

An experience like this starts with people like you. In supporting PULSE, you support not only the Fellows, like the one I have become, but also to the school students whom I serve today, and whom I once was. I could not be here without people like you. Thank you for impacting my life in the many ways that you have.

Sincerely,

Amanda Alexandre

17-18 PULSE Participant”

The goal is within reach.  $80K of $85K, 95% has been raised by the current PULSE fellows. 

Will you consider joining us as we work together to help Amanda and the PULSE fellows reach their goal?

Every gift matters.  Every gift counts.

DONATE TODAY!

Neal Donovan Joins PULSE!

Neal Donovan Joins PULSE!

PULSE is pleased to announce the hiring of Neal Donovan.  Neal will begin serving as the Recruiting Coordinator for PULSE on July 13th, 2018.

As Recruiting Coordinator, Neal will work to attract talented university graduates to the PULSE program.  In addition, Neal will manage the onboarding of PULSE fellows into the organization. Neal will work closely with Operations and Partnership Director Jonnett Maurer.

Neal arrived to Pittsburgh last August to serve it with KEYS Service Corps at the Brashear Association‘s after-school program. It was there where he developed a love and appreciation for service for its impact on the community and his personal growth. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Language and Linguistic Studies at Juniata College in 2016, Neal embraced experiential learning by serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Northern Germany through a Fulbright.

In his free time, Neal enjoys cooking, playing ultimate frisbee, and spending time with friends. Neal is excited about what PULSE does and hopes to combine his drive for community service and experiential learning by sharing the opportunities PULSE provides with prospective fellows.

Please give Neal a warm PULSE welcome.

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