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What is PULSE?

PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh by inviting talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.

What are the main components of PULSE?

  • Serve with a Pittsburgh nonprofit
  • Live in intentional community with other participants
  • Grow as a leader through ongoing training and personal development

What can I expect from the PULSE experience?

  • Year-long service and leadership experience (August-August)
  • Sense of community with other PULSE participants
  • A nonprofit partnership
  • Personal/professional development through seminars, retreats and mentoring
  • Room and board
  • Food and public transportation coverage
  • Health Insurance Reimbursement
  • Modest personal stipend- $90/month

Where do PULSE participants serve?

Participants serve in a variety of different nonprofits, ranging from the arts to community development to hunger/homelessness to environmental, etc. Fellows interview with potential Nonprofit Partners through a Match Day event. We’ve worked with over 125 nonprofits in Pittsburgh. Check out our list of current partners and past partners.

Where do participants live?

Participants live in one of our houses in Pittsburgh. Each PULSE house has between 4-8 bedrooms, one-two baths, living room, dining room, laundry room and kitchen.  The houses are fully furnished including the kitchen. Every room has a bed, dresser, a closet or wardrobe, desk and lamp.   In 2018-2019, PULSE launched a new cohort in the South Hilltop, to complement the East End and Northside cohorts.

What does a typical week look like?

  • PULSE fellows bike, walk, or take public transportation to and from their service site (participants can bring their own vehicle).
  • PULSE fello serve 35 hours/week in a Pittsburgh nonprofit, Monday-Friday (half day on Wednesday). Some placements might have evening and weekend requirements.
  • Participants attend a weekly seminar on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Participants share cooking responsibilities and eat dinner together Monday-Thursday (dependent upon community).
  • Participants enjoy Pittsburgh in the evenings and weekends.

Want even more information?

Learn more about the PULSE program. Check out stories of previous participants. For more detailed information, read the 19-20 PULSE Participant Handbook DRAFT. 

How can I apply?

Visit www.pulsepittsburgh.org/apply. Fill out our online application. We view the application process as a discernment process for you and for us. We are excited to journey with you. If you have questions, please contact Neal Donovan, Recruiting Coordinator, at recruiting@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412.361.0124.

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