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PULSE Nonprofit Partner Info Session May 3rd

RSVP TODAY!

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

On 5/3/18 from 9-10am, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at Alloy26. To attend this breakfast 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 Story: PUMP

PUMP’s mission is to make Pittsburgh the most dynamic and diverse place by engaging, educating, and mobilizing all young people to create change in our community. Each year, they serve nearly 30,000 individuals, primarily under the age of 40, through their programming.

 

Lindsay Cashman is the Advocacy +  Public Policy Director of PUMP.. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

LC: We chose to work with PULSE because of the reputation of providing high-quality Fellows who get results when working with their nonprofit partner. We are especially excited about the intentional community that supports and elevates emerging leaders. The program’s goals of providing genuine leadership opportunities for young people to make change aligns with our organization’s values and agenda.

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

LC: Watching our PULSE Fellow grow and flourish as she strengthens her voice and makes a positive impact on the Pittsburgh region is most rewarding for us.

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

LC: The increased organizational capacity we receive from our PULSE Fellow has dramatically increased our communication and information-sharing with our members and constituents, allowing us to have an even bigger impact on key regional issues. The additional perspectives from the PULSE Fellow in our office and the Fellows placed with other nonprofit partners bring fresh ideas and opportunities to the work we do every day. The fact that PULSE Fellows are part of our target demographic of young people makes their input especially relevant and all the more valuable. We are hopeful that many of the Fellows are able to find longer-term employment in the region as they are becoming such an important part of the fabric of this work.

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

LC: Katie is so passionate and dedicated to the issue of equity, the center of our advocacy and public policy agenda, that we know we can always count on her to do an excellent job advocating for the Pittsburgh region our members want to see. Katie is also an excellent writer, which is extremely valuable for our communication with our constituents, partners, and the general public. The other PULSE Fellows who have volunteered with or worked alongside us have also been very professional and passionate.

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

LC: It is an excellent program and opportunity to connect with brilliant young people during an important time in their career development.

Check out more great Partner Stories.

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: Abbie Adams

Abbie Adams is a 2013-2014 PULSE alumna, and participated for a second year in 2014-2015. In this interview she 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?

When I started to plan what I wanted to do after college, gaining more experience in my areas of interest was more important to me than getting a full time job. For that reason alone PULSE was a great option for me-there is a lot of work and consideration put into matching fellows with non-profit organizations. Location was also an attraction for me and is one of the reasons why I think PULSE is so successful. All of the program’s resources have been put into the city of Pittsburgh for nearly 25 years and the network and connections that the PULSE staff have made are vast – I have definitely benefited from this since leaving PULSE!

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

I was placed at Union Project-an arts and community organization. Being on a small staff allowed me to get a lot of hands on experience my first year, and even more during my second. I worked primarily in space rental, but gained experience in everything from marketing to data collection. The experience that I gained was very practical, and I have been able to implement the things I learned in other jobs since then. I also lived with and met really wonderful people during my PULSE years who have become dear friends. Moving into a built-in network in a new city make a huge difference and Pittsburgh quickly became home for me.

How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?

Because of PULSE, I ended up staying in Pittsburgh for four years. I lived and worked in the same neighborhood (East Liberty) as the PULSE house I lived in my first year. During my first year in PULSE, I enjoyed getting to know more about East Liberty through seminars with local leaders, participating in Redd Up Days, and studying its history. The neighborhood was also the subject of a lot of the artwork I was making at that time and I loved exploring the streets. By the time we moved away from Pittsburgh, East Liberty looked very different that when I first moved there. When I read headlines about “the new” East Liberty, it is made more complex when I think of my neighbors and the people who would wave to me on my walk home from work, or the houses and buildings I drew that are no longer there. My time living there heavily impacted the way I see and think about issues of revitalization, gentrification, and transitioning neighborhoods and cities.

What kind of work do you do now?

Right now I am freelancing while teaching English in Spain.

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

PULSE gave me time, space, funds, and so much support during my first two years in Pittsburgh into growing what would become my business. After I graduated with my degree in art, I kept making work for pleasure. My first year in PULSE I worked at Unblurred: First Fridays (a monthly art and entertainment crawl on Penn Avenue) in what was then the PULSE gallery. It connected me to the local arts scene and was a great way to meet artists and community members. At the end of the year, I had a solo show called the Euclid Avenue Project. I drew all of the houses on Euclid Avenue which runs through East Liberty and Highland Park. Euclid Avenue residents came to see the project, find their house, and meet their neighbors at the show. I am still in touch with people I met through that experience! My second year Chris helped create a program that supported my goals of growing my artistic practice. I was able to spend the seminar hours developing my personal work and use educational funds to take more classes. I left PULSE knowing that by intentionally setting aside time and resources for my personal practice, starting a business would be possible. I also knew Pittsburgh was a very supportive place to try things out in and in 2016 I left my full time job to start freelancing.

 

How have you stayed connected with PULSE?

In the years since PULSE I have worked on a number of design projects for the organization. I also have shared my experience with people considering what to do after school-I am an advocate for PULSE because I believe it is a quality program that gives people experiences they wouldn’t necessarily get in a more service-oriented program or their first 9-5 job. Plus, Pittsburgh is a great city!

 

Story by PULSE.  Read more Alumni Stories.

Participant Story: Tom McIntyre

I enjoy serving with a lot of passionate people who are willing to work with me through and on my personal growth.” – Tom McIntyre

 

Thomas McIntyre hails from New York, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving degrees in both Linguistics and Political Science.  At Pitt, Thomas was a member of the Songburghs acapella group and Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity.  During his time in school, he was heavily involved in the Pitt Dance Marathon which raises funds and awareness for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He also spent two years working with PittServes.  Thomas is passionate about food justice, connecting with community members, and hopes to pursue a legal career. He also enjoys participating in musicals and singing has been a lifelong hobby.  He is a part of the East End cohort, and is serving at Planned Parenthood Western PA.

KeAndra Hollis: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Tom McIntyre: PULSE is connected to so many different people in the community. For example, Chris Cooke has so many connections within Pittsburgh that he is excited to share with us. This has allowed me to grow professionally, while also allowing me to be more effective within my partnership and as a servant leader.

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

Tom: PULSE does an amazing job inspiring discussion. I am able to engage in “safe topics”, as well as uncomfortable topics with people who I may not know very well. For example, I have been able to engage in open conversation with one of my roommates about their stance on marriage. Though we have different views, I have learned that these discussions matter in order to understand where people are coming from and how our unique experiences have led us to have different perspectives.

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

Tom: My favorite adventure so far was attending the Art Crawl Downtown with some fellow PULSErs. There was free wine and art. It was amazing. I participated in a project in which an artist was making plaster noses of people passing through the art gallery. After the artist made a casting of my nose, I was able to take someone else’s plaster nose home. After the art crawl, we took the T to Hilltopolis where there was food, drinks, vendors, and a music group performing right over Pittsburgh’s beautiful skyline. That night was very fun.

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

Tom: I enjoy serving with a lot of passionate people who are willing to work with me through and on my personal growth. Additionally, I’ve always been passionate about HIV awareness and I’ve really enjoyed being able to bring out that passion through a project (finger-prick testing) within my partnership. The opportunity is extremely rewarding.

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

Tom: I like that when I come home, my housemates are always there doing something, whether it’s watching television, playing a game, or just talking with one another.  It’s great to always have the company of one of my roommates.

Story by PULSE Participant KeAndra Hollis.

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:

Partner Story: First Presbyterian Church Of Pittsburgh

First Presbyterian Church of Pitsburgh’s is committed transforming Pittsburgh by awakening a new generation to life in Christ. Through the Downtown Ministerium’s Walk-In Ministry, they help those in need acquire food, clothing and other necessities, partnering with both local and international organizations to spread the Gospel.

 

Dan Turis is the Minister of Outreach of First Presbyterian. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

DT: The vision of PULSE and the opportunity to invest in young adults while advancing our own mission was attractive.

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

DT: The fact that we are getting a thoughtful fellow who is being invested in ways that make them better people.

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

DT: Ally has changed our church. The culture was in a way where the same small group of people does the same service. Ally has expanded our field of vision of who could and should serve in our church.

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

DT: Ally has been a wonderful person willing to work hard to do whatever it takes to do the right things. Her thoughtful and contagious attitude brightens the volunteers’ experience.

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

DT: PULSE provides organizations with a quality person who is willing and able to help your organization immediately.

Check out more great Partner Stories.

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.

 

Participant Story: Koehler Powell

It’s been great learning about Pittsburgh not only from a neighborhood perspective, but also learning what the everyday things look like.” – Koehler Powell 

 

Koehler Powell has a long history with Pittsburgh having grown up here. Koehler left Pittsburgh to study at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where she received her degree in Biology.  While at Carleton, Koehler was able to study evolutionary ecology in Australia and New Zealand, perform molecular biology research at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical School, and interview and counsel prospective students as one of Carleton’s Admissions Fellows.  Prior to joining PULSE, she worked as the HOPE Center Program Director with Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement Office and was involved on her campus with many other forms of sexual violence advocacy. In her free time, Koehler enjoys film photography, cooking, and rock-climbing.  She is serving at Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank.

Sid Dash: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Koehler Powell: I have really enjoyed working with such a small group of women. Since there are only a few people working at the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank, it really feels like a community. Everyone does a little bit of everything, and everyone is cross-trained so we can do each other’s jobs. We all work together and everyone is very supportive. If coworkers know that I am sick or had a difficult day they kick me out even if I try to work through it. Human milk is also fascinating, but that may be the bio nerd in me.

Sid: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.

Koehler: I usually get to my service around 7 a.m. Once we have at least three people, we start processing breast milk from the night before. We mix breast milk deposits from 2-5 donors together into Erlenmeyer flasks, homogenize it, and then pour the milk into bottles which we then pasteurize. That process ends around 10 a.m. We go back up front and unlock the door and then I work on assorted projects. Right now, I am completing a literature review for differences in bioactive retention between Holder pasteurization and retort processing. At some point during the day, I give a donor a tour of the milk bank. I show her where all the milk is and log in her milk so we know what kind of milk we have. The job also involves labeling and putting together milk orders.

Sid: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Koehler: Even though I grew up in Pittsburgh, I never lived in the city itself. It’s been great learning about Pittsburgh not only from a neighborhood perspective, but also learning what the everyday things look like. For example, where to shop for groceries, who takes the bus to the Strip District in the morning, and what the city is like from a young adult perspective.

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

Koehler: One night, I went dancing with my two roommates from PULSE Start (Heather and Maura). We went to a place that Maura knew, which had great dancing, but it was completely empty. We waited to see if it picked up, but it didn’t, so, we just spent 4 hours talking. At the end of night, there was a DJ playing music, but still no one was dancing. We wanted to dance at least for a bit, so we decided to go dance. We danced for 5 minutes, before stopping because everyone was staring at us.

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

Koehler: I enjoy anything with garlic. Our house is obsessed with garlic. We even add it to recipes that don’t need garlic. So far, the best recipe has been Amanda’s Boy which is a flour dumpling that is put into a soup of pureed black beans. I was her sous chef when she was making it, so she taught me how much water to use and the correct shape to roll them into. We had fun cooking, eating, and making puns about it.

Story by PULSE Participant Siddhartha Dash.

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: Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus

I’ve been surprised by the small community atmosphere that I’ve found throughout the city. I’m constantly finding out about connections between my neighbors, coworkers, and mentors.” – Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus

Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus, raised in Mount Rainier, MD, completed her undergraduate studies at Goshen College with a degree in Environmental Science/Sustainability and a minor in Music.  At Goshen, Cecilia was involved in environmental advocacy through her service on the Ecological Stewardship Committee and as a leader of the EcoPAX Environmental Justice Club and the GCDivest campaign where she co-wrote a literature review entitled “Socially Responsible Investing and Mennonite Education Agency”. Near her DC-area home, she has spent recent summers as a swim coach and wetland restoration intern along the Anacostia and Patuxent rivers. In her free time, Cecilia enjoys playing rugby, swimming, and singing in choirs.  She is a part of the Northside cohort, and is serving at The Door Campaign.

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

Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus: PULSE has inspired me to wrestle with what it means to be a good neighbor. Between connections with families on the block, our local pre-teen “biker gang,” and other PULSE houses, I’ve found very strong community in Perry South.

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

Cecilia: Through The Door Campaign I have daily opportunities to connect with young, vibrant leaders in Pittsburgh. My supervisor is an inspirational example of a community-grounded visionary and I learn a lot from him about making the city’s wealth of resources available in underserved communities.  

Ben: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.

Cecilia: Every morning I ride my bike to my office: a coworking space in downtown Pittsburgh. Although it’s just my supervisor and me in the office, we spend a lot of time in meetings with our board, consultants, and other nonprofit partners. Several times a week I also go visit local schools to coordinate our Aquaponics Sustainability Program.

Ben: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Cecilia: I’ve been surprised by the small community atmosphere that I’ve found throughout the city. I’m constantly finding out about connections between my neighbors, coworkers, and mentors.

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

Cecilia: Relying on biking as my primary form of transportation has led me to discover many interesting areas in the city. I’ve explored riverfront trails, gone on an urban farm tour by bike, and have become all too familiar with the city’s many hills!

Story by PULSE Participant Ben Emswiler.

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:

Alumni Story: Brendan Erb

Brendan Erb is a 2014-2015 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?

I pursued PULSE because I was most excited about living with a community of driven young adults in Pittsburgh. When I applied, I considered the placement to be a bonus, so I was surprised when it proved to be so important to my professional life.

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

The people. The PULSErs come from different experiences, but the mission of PULSE attracts interesting, driven, compassionate people. It makes for a fascinating year of growth.

How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?

I am much more involved in local politics in my city than I ever would have imagined I would be. I pay attention to the health of urban communities. I expect to be able to change things in my workplace because I know that relationships and reflective advocacy make headway in institutions.

What kind of work do you do now?

I’m a 7th grade English teacher.

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

When I graduated from university, I wanted to experience something other than school for a year, to provide a bit of a gap between being a student and teaching. PULSE gave me confidence to participate in change within my community and my workplace. PULSE also exposed me to other worldviews through the community living component, and while that’s a harder growth experience to pin down in a statement, I have no doubt that my fellow PULSErs shaped me more even more than my placement did.

What did the PULSE experience teach you about yourself?

Professionally, my PULSE experience taught me how to navigate a work environment by making connections, listening effectively, and advocating for my ideas. Personally, PULSE taught me how to invest in a city – any city, even if it’s not Pittsburgh.

How have you stayed connected with PULSE?

Donate once a year, follow the newsletter, talk with other PULSE alumni occasionally.

 

Story by PULSE.  Read more Alumni Stories.

Participant Story: Alex Auyeung

I’d even say that I owe my new hobbies in Pittsburgh to my interactions with other PULSErs. PULSE simply wouldn’t be PULSE without the people.” – Alex Auyeung

 

A graduate of Carleton College, Alex Auyeung majored in Cognitive Science concentrating in Educational Studies, and received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Arabic. Alex has devoted himself to Education.  He’s taught English at Fenyang Senior Middle School and Jiudu Elementary School in Fenyang, China. He’s worked as a reading tutor with below grade level students in six Title I schools in New York City.   Additionally, Alex has extensive teaching experience in Minnesota where he served as a teaching assistant with Carleton College’s Arabic Department and at Greenvale Park Elementary School.  Fun fact- Alex speaks in five languages: Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, and English!   Alex’s hobbies include practicing Aikido. He is a part of the East End cohort, and is serving with 3E Now.

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

Alex Auyeung: I have a tendency to busy myself and engage with many different interests, but what I’m learning about myself is that I am much happier if I invest in building relationships. I have a tendency to busy myself and engage with many different interests, but what I’m learning about myself is that I am much happier if I invest in building relationships. I have noticed that when I am intentional about my relationships, whether it is making a point to talk with friends and family from home or spending time playing board games with my housemates, I’m just much happier.

Shayna: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Alex: When I first envisioned living on $90 a month, I worried that I’d be spending a lot of time at home with not much to do. However, this year I’m actually involved in so many things. For example, I’m swing dancing, doing improv comedy, and training for a marathon. Pittsburgh is just full of so many things to do and our budget doesn’t have to be a limitation.

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

Alex: One awesome bonus of training for a marathon is that it allows me to explore the city. There was one time when I ran from Garfield to Squirrel Hill – a neighborhood that I didn’t know very well at all – and I just so happened to run into an Aikido school. Aikido was my biggest hobby in college, but something I haven’t really been in touch with in Pittsburgh. I paused my run and went inside the school to talk to the instructor and practice a few techniques. It was such a wonderful and joyful interaction, and it reminded me that Aikido is still a big part of me.

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

Alex: Honestly, I don’t think we’ve ever made a meal more than once. As a house, we always love cooking new foods. My favorite part about meals at Graham house is that every dinner is a new experience for us.

Shayna: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?

Alex: I love how all the PULSErs are so amazing, yet so different. I’ve learned so much by talking to them. I’d even say that I owe my new hobbies in Pittsburgh to my interactions with other PULSErs. PULSE simply wouldn’t be PULSE without the people.

Story by PULSE Participant Shayna Gleason.

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:

Partner Story: Global Links

Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities and promoting environmental stewardship in the US healthcare system.

Maura O’Neill is the Development Manager of Global Links. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

MO: Global Links was interested in putting more resources into our social media strategy and getting assistance implementing our marketing and communications plans. With a limited budget, partnering with PULSE was a smart and mutually beneficial way to get an accomplished individual on our team and share our mission with a service-oriented organization.

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

MO: Understanding PULSE’s thoughtful vetting process for participants meant that Global Links could expect to find an individual who would fully understand our mission and bring the same passion to the job as our other employees.

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

MO: The obviously impact on Global Links has been the work that our PULSE Fellow is doing on a daily basis. Having a smart, dependable, and engaged Fellow has brought so much to our staff. Our Fellow, Kaylee, along with our AmeriCorps HealthCorps Member and other younger employees, is part of an energetic group that brings fresh ideas and new ways of thinking to our organization.

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

MO: Flexibility, creativity, and her faith.

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

MO: PULSE really is an affordable way to get a dynamic individual working for your organization and at the same time, helping to mentor an individual that will go on to do great things in the world.

Check out more great Partner Stories.

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.

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