PULSE has made a substantial impact in the lives of so many participants, nonprofits, and neighborhoods over the course of its 22 year history. This impact is measured in three distinct ways:
Over 250 participants have partnered with 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.
How are participants impacting Pittsburgh and beyond?
- Five “40 under 40” emerging leaders in Pittsburgh.
- Creation of the Union Project, a space to connect, create and celebrate community in East Liberty.
- Development of artists like Brad Yoder, Heather Kropf, Keith Hershberger, City Spun, Rothshank Artworks, Layne Wyse Pottery, Amanda K Gross, KathleenMeetsMorgan, The Id of Odd among others.
- Impact on the environment through the formation of community gardens, urban farms and nonprofit work (seven alumni working for environmental nonprofits in Pittsburgh alone).
- Formation of numerous small businesses and other enterprises like Yinzpiration, Cara Rufenacht Design, Propelle among others.
- Doctors, lawyers, professors, nonprofit professionals, teachers and business leaders that operate with integrity and service.
- Serving on nonprofit boards, volunteering and giving back to those in need.
The difference that PULSE makes in the lives of recent college graduates is difficult to quantify. Check out our Participant Stories.
Over 25 alumni continue to work in nonprofit sector in Pittsburgh. PULSE has found new ways to retain and attract a workforce that will help forge a new economy in Pittsburgh. Alumni are serving at the following organizations, among others, in Pittsburgh:
- Carnegie Library
- Chuck Cooper Foundation
- Consumer Health Coalition
- East Liberty Development, Inc.
- Grow Pittsburgh
- La Escuelita Arcoiris
- Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
- Mount Washington Community Development Corporation
- Nine Mile Run
- Oakland Girls Choir
- Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
- Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance
- Pittsburgh Urban Christian School
- Ten Thousand Villages
- Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
- Tree Pittsburgh
- United Way APOS
- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
What happens when participants graduate from PULSE?
The vast majority of PULSE participants not only stay in Pittsburgh after PULSE, but continue to invest in the East Liberty, Highland Park, Perry Hilltop, and Garfield neighborhoods.
Alumni purchase and renovate homes, start families, develop small businesses, start nonprofits, volunteer, and work to be good neighbors. This is the logical progression for a young adult, but the results for a PULSE participant are staggering.
Here are just a few of the things PULSE participants have specifically done in the East Liberty, Garfield and Highland Park neighborhood:
- Created the Union Project, a space to connect, create and celebrate community in East Liberty.
- Expanded Plumb Media, a web development company in Garfield.
- Renovated 737, 739, 741 and 817 N Beatty Street.
- Created the Kincaid St. Community Garden behind the Graham Street House in Garfield.
- Organized a Beautify our ‘Burgh Zone on Negley between Stanton and Penn.
The simple truth is that when PULSE invests in the internal development of young adults, the external, built environment of East Liberty, Garfield, Perry Hilltop, and Highland Park are transformed.