Meet the 2017-18 PULSE Fellows

Meet the 2017-18 PULSE Fellows!

PULSE is excited to welcome these 33 participants for the 2017-18 year. Hailing from 14 states, the young adults serving with PULSE next year bring an exciting mix of talents and interests to the table. Their investment in service and community, as well as the vast array of experiences and passions they represent, are only a few of the incredible things they have to offer Pittsburgh and its residents. You can read about them and their accomplishments here.

We are still on the lookout for a few more fellows. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be a good fit to apply, please have them send a resume to recruiting@pulsepittsburgh.org

Come to the PULSE End of Year Celebration Party

PULSE End of Year Celebration Party. Come one, come all to a lunch celebrating the 2016-17 PULSErs!

 

Please join us for a time of celebration, lunch, networking, and recognition of the outstanding achievements of the 35 PULSE fellows in the 2016-17 PULSE year.

35 PULSE Fellows contributed over 50,000 hours to the city and its residents.  Come and give thanks for the many great ways our fellows have contributed to a better Pittsburgh. Hope you can make it.

Learn more about our fellows and nonprofit partners this year!

Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Location: Vietnam Veteran’s Pavilion (Schenley Park)

RSVP. Please get your free tickets here.

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Katie Robb Sewall Joins PULSE!

Katie Robb Sewall Joins PULSE!

PULSE is pleased to welcome Katie Robb Sewall to the PULSE Team. Katie is the new East End Program Coordinator for PULSE.

As Program Coordinator, Katie works with Northside Program Coordinator Wayne Younger to coordinate all aspects of the PULSE program, including orientation, seminar, and retreats.  In addition, she develops PULSE’s East End outreach efforts, including volunteer opportunities.

Katie Robb Sewall first became passionate about service while getting her BA in Psychology from Messiah College in 2008. After graduating, she started to dream about making a difference locally. She and a few friends created an intentional community in Harrisburg, PA where they lived together, invested in their neighborhood, and worked in public service. She moved to Pittsburgh to get her Masters in Professional Counseling from Carlow University and then did family counseling with low-income families. For the past 3 years she has been in Erie, PA, focusing on coaching college students on career development at Penn State Behrend.

When she is not at work, Katie is either drinking coffee, hiking in the woods, watching Netflix, or laughing with someone that she loves. Katie is excited to move back to Pittsburgh and join PULSE as the East End Program Coordinator. She deeply believes in the values of PULSE: the importance of relationships, the power of service, and the potential of the city.

Please give Katie a warm PULSE welcome.

Two New PULSE Associates Join PULSE this Summer!

Allie Bustin and Regan Curry Join PULSE!

PULSE is pleased to announce that Allie Bustin and Regan Curry have joined PULSE this summer as associates.

Allie is the Recruiting and Partnership Associate while Regan is serving at the Marketing and Communications Associate.  We are delighted to have both of them provide much needed support over the summer.  Both have tremendous gifts and talents and we are excited to see the ways that they will continue to enhance the PULSE program.

Allie states, “I’ve heard great things about the program as a whole, from outsiders and volunteers alike, and it seemed like a good fit – a passion for service and passion for Pittsburgh. I’m looking forward to meeting and engaging new graduates in public service in Pittsburgh, connecting with new non-profits in the area, and furthering my own knowledge of non-profit and volunteer management”.

Check out their bios below and give them a warm PULSE welcome.

Allie Bustin grew up in Lancaster County, but calls Pittsburgh home. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Linguistics in 2012, she completed a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. She continued her pursuit of public service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. After completing her service in 2016, she returned to Pittsburgh to begin graduate school, pursuing degrees in both International Development and Law. She is passionate about service and cross-cultural communication, and spends her free time designing prints and greeting cards while trying to keep her array of plants alive. She is excited to continue engaging volunteers in Pittsburgh through PULSE, and hopes to aid in cultivating a community of service and innovation.

 

Regan Curry is currently a senior at the University of South Carolina, where she is majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in English. Regan has called Pittsburgh her home her entire life, and is excited to be able to give back to the community that helped shaped her to be the person that she is today. Regan is looking to pursue a career in Environmental Law, and thus is excited to be a part of cultivating a community of servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh, focusing on specific environmental aspects that will transform the city’s productivity.

 

Nonprofit Partner Info Session June 8th

RSVP TODAY!

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

On 6/8/17 from 12-1pm, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Design Center. To attend this lunch and info session, please RSVP

If you have any questions about a partnership with PULSE, please contact Chris Cooke at ccooke@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412-361-0124.

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

For the past 22 years, PULSE has invited about 250 talented university graduates to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.

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Nonprofit Partner Info Session May 17

RSVP TODAY!

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

On 5/17/17 from 12-1pm, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Manchester Citizen’s Corporation. To attend this lunch and info session, please RSVP

If you have any questions about a partnership with PULSE, please contact Chris Cooke at ccooke@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412-361-0124.

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

For the past 22 years, PULSE has invited about 250 talented university graduates to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.

CURRENT PARTNERS

PARTNER STORIES

LEARN MORE ABOUT A PULSE PARTNERSHIP

Nonprofit Partner Info Session May 2

RSVP TODAY!

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

On 5/2/17 from 12-1pm, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Green Building Alliance. To attend this lunch and info session, please RSVP

If you have any questions about a partnership with PULSE, please contact Chris Cooke at ccooke@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412-361-0124.

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

For the past 22 years, PULSE has invited about 250 talented university graduates to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.

CURRENT PARTNERS

PARTNER STORIES

LEARN MORE ABOUT A PULSE PARTNERSHIP

Participant Story: Lily Rybarczyk

 

“It’s hard to find a balance between communal and individual living, especially in your post-college years. Especially in a group setting like PULSE, there are a lot of opportunities for FOMO (fear of missing out), but I’m also at a time in my life when I need to make a lot of personal decisions for myself. I am learning when to push myself to be more involved in group activities and when I need to take time to myself for self-care. I’m learning that I need and enjoy the PULSE community’s support. I really value the individual relationships and friendships I’ve made, and it helps to always have people to talk things through with. ” – Lily Rybarczyk

 

Lily Rybarczyk, originally from Monroe, Washington, graduated from Franklin University in Switzerland with majors in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies and French. She traveled extensively as part of her studies, visiting Oman, Malawi, Morocco, Scotland, Iceland, and the countries of the Former Yugoslavia, to name a few. She had the opportunity to study everything from sustainable agriculture to local musical and artistic traditions along the way. After college, Lily worked with several organizations, including PROVAIL, which provides employment opportunities, education, and programming for disabled children and adults, and The World Is Fun, a nonprofit that pairs volunteers with organizations for events and projects in the Seattle area to serve communities in need. She is serving at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Rebecca Marcucci: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Lily Rybarczyk: The most valuable part has been living in community. Living with my three housemates has taught me a lot about compassion, caring, reliance…and patience. All of the different perspectives have brought our house together.

The greater PULSE community is also a great support structure. We are all at similar points in our life but on different paths, and it’s incredible to be able to share our experiences, grow (and occasionally commiserate) together.

Rebecca: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Lily:  It’s hard to find a balance between communal and individual living, especially in your post-college years. Especially in a group setting like PULSE, there are a lot of opportunities for FOMO (fear of missing out), but I’m also at a time in my life when I need to make a lot of personal decisions for myself. I am learning when to push myself to be more involved in group activities and when I need to take time to myself for self-care. I’m learning that I need and enjoy the PULSE community’s support. I really value the individual relationships and friendships I’ve made, and it helps to always have people to talk things through with.

Rebecca: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Lily: I enjoy working with the arts and seeing the variety of ways in which it impacts people and the city overall. The Cultural Trust has had a huge impact on Pittsburgh; it has been the driving force behind a lot of the economic growth downtown. It has been an incredible learning experience to see how art can tangibly impact other sectors.

Rebecca: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Lily: The city pride! I expected a lot of Steelers, Penguins and Pirates pride, but Pittsburghers are really passionate about their city! A lot of people I talk to have been born and raised here, they are excited about the work being done here in Pittsburgh and the direction the city is headed in.

Rebecca: What is your favorite ‘family meal” recipe for the hosue?

Lily: I love brinner! Ben makes great arepas, too. I can’t think of a meal we’ve had as a family that I haven’t liked. We’ve also budgeted to order out a couple of times, which is really fun and special.

Story by PULSE Participant Rebecca Marcucci.

Read more Participant Stories from Fellows about their experience in PULSE. If you would like to learn more about the PULSE program, please visit our Serve with Us page.

Also, check out other Stories of Transformation:

Participant Story: Alaa Mohamed

 

“I am learning how to burst the bubble of academia and enter the real world and the flood of emotions that comes with having to deal with that transition. ” – Alaa Mohamed

 

Alaa Mohamed comes to Pittsburgh by way of Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. Alaa received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Philosophy in Global Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as Co-Founder and Co-President for Project Potter, a philanthropic service organization that uses youth passion for the Harry Potter series to encourage college students’ investment in their local community via fundraising and volunteering. Alaa also wrote her thesis on female genital mutilation in Egypt for her Bachelor of Philosophy degree and had the opportunity to travel to Egypt, interview Egyptian women, and write and defend her thesis. In her down time, Alaa enjoys reading, binge-watching TV, and sleeping. She is serving at The Global Switchboard.

Shruti Revankar: How has PULSE inspired you to live/act/think diffently?

Alaa Mohamed: I think PULSE has really ingrained in me the importance of service in every aspect of my life. I’m learning to give and take in home in order to make others comfortable. I’m learning to live on a budget and the reality of that for myself and for a lot of people in this country and world. I really appreciate that awareness that comes through PULSE.

Shruti: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Alaa: I am learning how to burst the bubble of academia and enter the real world and the flood of emotions that comes with having to deal with that transition.

Shruti: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Alaa: I enjoy the fact that we are a co-working space. It enables me to get to know all the different organizations inside the space as well as people who come for meetings with those organizations. I get exposure to a new person almost every single day.

Shruti: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Alaa: Well, I went to the University of Pittsburgh for undergrad so I was familiar with the city. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see how interconnected the nonprofit world in Pittsburgh is–the city has a “small town” feel. Everyone seems to know each other and seems to have worked with each other in some capacity–I love it!

Shruti: What is your favorite ‘family meal” recipe for the hosue?

Alaa: Anything chicken because that’s all we eat at jackson house. Haha.

Story by PULSE Participant Shruti Revankar.

Read more Participant Stories from Fellows about their experience in PULSE. If you would like to learn more about the PULSE program, please visit our Serve with Us page.

Also, check out other Stories of Transformation:

Meet and Greet with Amanda

RSVP TODAY!

Current, Past and Prospective Nonprofit Partners: Please join us for drinks and a chance to meet our new Recruiting and Partnership Coordinator, Amanda Duncan on Monday, March 20th, anytime between 4:30-6:30pm. RSVP.

Amanda is no stranger to PULSE, having served as a Program Coordinator the past two years. We are delighted to have Amanda serve in this new role. Amanda loves PULSE, has a tremendous work ethic, is detail-oriented, has a background doing extensive recruiting at the University of Pittsburgh.

She is moving to Erie, PA (exact date to be determined) and will be working remotely with trips down to Pittsburgh. Please stop by the Sharp Edge (grab a drink on us), connect with Amanda and Executive Director Chris Cooke, network with current nonprofit partners and learn more about a PULSE nonprofit partnership.

If you have any questions about a partnership with PULSE, please contact Chris Cooke at ccooke@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412-361-0124.

 

For the past 22 years, PULSE has invited about 250 talented university graduates to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.

Current Partners: http://pulsepittsburgh.org/partner-with-us/current-partners/

Partner Stories: http://pulsepittsburgh.org/category/stories/nonprofit/

Learn more about a PULSE Partnership: http://pulsepittsburgh.org/partner-with-us/

CURRENT PARTNERS

PARTNER STORIES

LEARN MORE ABOUT A PULSE PARTNERSHIP

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