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Participant Story: Shayna Gleason

I think the aspect of intentional community has been the most valuable part of PULSE. Having a network of like-minded, compassionate people has been really important to me.” – Shayna Gleason

 

Shayna Gleason, a native of Edison, New Jersey, completed her undergraduate degree at Carleton College with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology and a certificate in Spanish. During her time in school, she was involved with the Carleton College Experimental Theater Board, where she acted and directed several student-run productions.  She worked with Carleton Colleges Sociology-Anthropology Department as a teaching assistant, student departmental advisor, and research assistant. Additionally, Shayna interned with Congressman Frank Pallone Jr during the summer of 2015. In her free time, Shayna enjoys playing the piano, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee and tennis, and creative writing.  She is a part of the East End cohort, and is serving at Southwestern Partnership for Aging.

Alex Auyeung: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Shayna Gleason: I think the aspect of intentional community has been the most valuable part of PULSE. Having a network of like-minded, compassionate people has been really important to me. I think we have a group with a lot of wisdom and humor, in tandem, and I think that those are both really important qualities in people. I really appreciate having the PULSE community around.

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

Shayna: I have learned that having a job in which I’m using my intellectual ability is really important to me. I seek out opportunities at my partnership that will facilitate that and make it possible for me to apply and expand my intellectual skill set.

Alex: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Shayna: I have enjoyed having people to come home to after work and debrief about our days. The companionship of having a network that’s always present has been great. Also, my housemates are fantastic!

Alex: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.

Shayna: The first thing I do every day is check the SWPPA phone and emails and respond to any inquiries that I’ve gotten since being gone. Then I check my regular Change Agency emails and then mostly it’s me sitting at a desk with the AmeriCorps VISTAs that I serve with. Sometimes I assist with writing grant applications, building our website, researching content for Twitter, or coordinating the activities of our partners. Also, I will often attend meetings off-site.

Alex: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Shayna: I have been surprised by the seeming contradiction between how proud legacy residents are to be from here, but the simultaneous skepticism about why a young professional would want to move here. There’s very deep pride, but also a sense of the reputation of Pittsburgh still being a place where people don’t want to live.

Story by PULSE Participant Alex Auyeung.

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:

Nonprofit Partner Info Session January 31st

RSVP TODAY!

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

On 1/31/18 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 Amanda Duncan at aduncan@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 23 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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PARTNER STORIES

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Participant Story: Heather Marra

I have enjoyed learning doing the everyday things with other people. I love learning from and interacting with my roommates. We have a unique type of family dynamic, which is very different from my experience growing up as an only child.” – Heather Marra 

Heather Marra hales from Oak Ridge, NJ, and attended Juniata College where she earned a degree in Multicultural Social Issues. While at Juniata College, Heather studied and interned abroad in Kanifing, The Gambia conducting data entry and analysis and helping document women’s training sessions for GAMCOTRAP. At Juniata, she devoted much of her time to the Juniata College Admission Office where she served as an assistant admissions counselor interviewing and counseling prospective students on admissions processes financial planning and scholarship opportunities.  In her free time, Heather enjoys hiking, cooking, making things from scratch, reading, and running.  She is a part of the East End cohort, and is serving at POWER.

Ellen Conrad: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?

Heather Marra: PULSE has inspired me to think of accommodating for everyone; making sure that everyone is included in activities and incorporated into my life besides just events. I have also been inspired to think on a budget and have gotten to enjoy finding things that are more important than spending money.

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

Heather: My partnership gives me flexibility with what I want to do with my day. There are many jobs I can do, such as working at a halfway house, calling clients that were referred to our services, spending quality time with the women at the halfway house and having the opportunity to build professional and personal relationships with them.

Ellen: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Heather: I have enjoyed learning doing the everyday things with other people. I love learning from and interacting with my roommates. We have a unique type of family dynamic, which is very different from my experience growing up as an only child.

Ellen: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?

Heather: I’ve never urban-biked before moving to Pittsburgh. I have enjoyed having the opportunity to bike in the Strip District, learn to cross scary intersections, and see different parts of the city. Pittsburgh is both a big city and small town that still has a lot of great green space.

Ellen: What is the best part of the PULSE experience so far?

Heather: Living with eight people and having family dinners. Growing up, we never had consistent family dinners apart from Christmas or Thanksgiving. It has been fun learning to accommodate for and be mindful of other people’s dietary restrictions.

Story by PULSE Participant Ellen Conrad.

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: Kaylee Ferguson

“[PULSE has] made me more aware of the actions that I take, or can take, and how they influence the people that I live around. I’m more self-aware of how to be an advocate for myself and for others.” – Kaylee Ferguson

A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, Kaylee Ferguson majored Biology and Pre-Professional Health.  She was heavily involved in university research at EMU. She worked with the EMU Science Department as a research assistant, collaborating with faculty of the Biomedicine Department, to measure gene expression and regulation in response to different salt and sugar diets.  She also served as an undergraduate learning Assistant and National Science Foundation Tutor with EMUs Science Department.   Additionally, Kaylee worked as a Community Advisor and House Coordinator with EMU Residence Life. Kaylee’s hobbies include hiking, playing soccer and volleyball, and kayaking. She is a part of the Northside cohort, and serving at Global Links.

Seth Culp-Ressler: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Kaylee Ferguson: Having support from the PULSE community during a difficult transition period in life.

Seth: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?  

Kaylee: It’s made me more aware of the actions that I take, or can take, and how they influence the people that I live around. I’m more self-aware of how to be an advocate for myself and for others.

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

Kaylee: Self-care is something that I am still learning about, but I know that it is important. I’m working on understanding that it’s okay to ask for support.

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

Kaylee: I enjoy my co workers because they are all passionate about what they do, and I love that I can serve alongside people who are so passionate about serving underserved medical populations.

Seth: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Kaylee: Getting to know other houses and getting to spend time with people that I otherwise wouldn’t have known.

Seth: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.

Kaylee: I show up, drink tea, check email, and check in with my supervisor about what there is to do. I visit the volunteer center to grab pictures of the volunteers at work. I spend some time brainstorming social media posts for the day. Midday I eat lunch with Global Links’ Americorps fellow Shelby. In the afternoon I plan and schedule social media posts.

Seth: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Kaylee: The tale of the two cities — and how true it is. And also how friendly people are when you get them to actually talk to you.

Story by PULSE Participant Seth Culp-Ressler.

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: Ally Carter

PULSE has inspired me to be more open to answering and asking the harder questions. It has also taught me not to let my assumptions dictate my thoughts and actions.” – Ally Carter

 

Ally Carter grew up in Brookfield, IL, and attended Calvin College where she studied Education and Psychology with a minor in Youth Ministry Leadership. Ally was an active volunteer for The Special Olympics Illinois & Michigan throughout high school and college.  Since graduating in 2016, Ally has been a member of the Young Life Staff at Indiana University in Indiana, PA.. She is a part of the Northside cohort, and is serving at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh.

Alexa Bartel: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?

Ally Carter: PULSE has inspired me to be more open to answering and asking the harder questions. It has also taught me not to let my assumptions dictate my thoughts and actions.

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

Ally: It has taught me that, despite my extroversion, I do need my alone time after certain PULSE events in order to process the heavier things.

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

Ally: I’m surprised that I’ve fallen in love with the homeless ministry we do at the church. I wasn’t expecting to be so passionate about it. I really enjoy being a part of the church, they don’t just look at me like a temporary PULSE fellow. I really feel like I’ve been entrusted with significant responsibilities; they don’t treat me like a ‘fragile little girl’ and I really feel like a member of the church team.

Alexa: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?

Ally: Attempting “Bridge Brigade” with Hannah Wesselman (the goal is to see all 445 Pittsburgh bridges by the end of the PULSE year).

Alexa: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Ally: I make bangin’ mac and cheese and chocolate chip cookies (not together).

Story by PULSE Participant Alexa Bartel.

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:

PULSE Fellow Video Story – KeAndra Hollis

Meet KeAndra. KeAndra chose a year of service with PULSE.  She chose to make a new Pittsburgh community her home.  She chose to share her gifts, passions, and heart with strangers for a year.

KeAndra has hopes for this year of service. She hopes to understand the needs and goals of the communities in which she lives and serves.  She hopes to learn and grow from these strangers. She hopes these strangers will become her neighbors, her housemates, her colleagues, and most importantly, her friends.

KeAndra is learning that communities thrive when individuals serve, live, and grow together.

Come to the PULSE Holiday Party

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

Enjoy food, drinks and great conversation with PULSE fellows, alumni, board and staff. All are invited to attend this event to celebrate the holidays and get to know PULSE. Invite a Friend.

This event will also signify the last day of our final mortgage payment is made on the PULSE Stanton House and we will be debt-free. So, come and raise a glass with us!

Learn more about our fellows and nonprofit partnersthis year!

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Location: 5615 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

RSVP. Please get your free tickets here.

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Join us for Giving Tuesday on Tuesday November 28th!

EVERY GIFT TO PULSE WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR

 

On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 you have the chance to join people across the country in celebrating generosity by participating in Giving Tuesday.

 

MAKE A GIFT

If you give now, PULSE can double your gift, thanks to a matching gift opportunity.  Every dollar given by you goes directly to supporting PULSE fellows.

 

WHAT YOUR GIFT TO PULSE COULD DO

YOUNG ADULTS

Make a lasting change in the life of a young adult leader.  Meet Shayna of PULSE.

Watch other stories of transformation or read other participant stories to learn more about the way PULSE has made a substantial difference in the lives of young adults.


NONPROFITS

Make an impact in the nonprofit sector and local Pittsburgh residents.  Meet Derek of Habitat for Humanity Greater Pittsburgh.

Watch other stories of transformation or read other nonprofit partner stories to learn more about the way PULSE has made a substantial difference in the lives of nonprofits and Pittsburgh residents.

Join us at the PULSE Pitch

PULSE PITCH

 

 

 

 

 

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: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Location: Union Project – 801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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)

PULSE is Looking for a Recruiting Associate and Marketing Associate!

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PULSE is seeking a high-energy individual to assist with Recruiting and an individual to assist with Marketing for 10-15 hrs./week in an unpaid internship from January-May .  These positions provide a unique opportunity to play a vital role in a dynamic, vibrant non-profit with a track record of success, proven impact model, strong mission, staff and board.

PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh.  PULSE invites talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.  Over the last twenty-three years, PULSE has invited about 250 young adults to partner with over 125 nonprofits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.  To learn more about PULSE, visit us at www.pulsepittsburgh.org.

Please read the position descriptions below and the application details for each position (deadline is December 3, 2017):

 

PULSE Recruiting Associate 

PULSE Marketing Associate

Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience - Cultivating a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh
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