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“From the beginning, our relationship was fused with a love for exploring new places and finding beauty around us. “ 2014-2015 Alum Chaska Yoder shares the story of how she and her now-husband, Phil, met in school and grew their bond through the PULSE program. “Phil and I first met as students at Eastern Mennonite...
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“Through our friendship, I fell more in love with Pittsburgh and its communities. Sometimes, all you need is a little push from a friend to open your eyes and really see what is around you. “ 2016-17 Alum Ivy Keen shares about falling in love with Pittsburgh during her time with PULSE and the adventures...
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“Our group seemed to “click” as friends right away, and those friendships deepened over our year together. “ 2010-2011 alum Maggie Aupperlee shares the bond she formed with her seven Stanton housemates – Anna Wildermuth, Laura Harnish, Beth Glick, Alicia Donner, Elizabeth Brick, Andrea Yutzy, and Abbi Yoder. “Some of the best times we had...
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“The first year out of college was challenging for both of us, in different ways, but we took refuge in each other and in our friendships as we navigated the changes.” 2017-2018 alumni Shayna Gleason and David Hogan share the story of how they met and began a relationship through PULSE. “We met during PULSE...
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PULSE is pleased to announce the hiring of Lailah Moyer.  Lailah began serving as the Operations Associate for PULSE on January 8th, 2020. Lailah Moyer is a freshman student pursuing a B.S. B.A. degree in Human Resources Management at the University of Pittsburgh. Between growing up just outside of Pittsburgh, and her current residence in Central Oakland,...
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By: Mary Dempsey I finally made it. After weeks of deliberation, this opportunity was created with the help from Dr. Carla Chugani and my supervisor at Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Chris McAneny. For three days in October, I would be attending a DBT STEPS-A Facilitator Training in New York. Excitement sent a wave of chills...
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PULSE is pleased to announce the hiring of Liz Rosevear.  Liz will begin serving as the Marketing and Program Coordinator for PULSE on July 11th, 2019. Liz Rosevear has returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh after attending school and working in southwest Ohio over the last decade. Liz graduated from the University of Dayton in 2014...
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Charity Grimes  is a 2009-2010 PULSE alumnus. In this interview, we discuss finding community, developing connections in the nonprofit sector, edible gardens and getting to know Pittsburgh. What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? When I graduated from college I knew I wanted to move to a city, and I was interested in service...
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Sarah (Spicuzza) Davelaar  is a 20011-12 PULSE alumnus. In this interview, we discuss taking a chance, developing community, being stretched and rediscovering your city. What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? I had a hard time deciding what to do and where to go upon graduation from college. PULSE reflected many ideas that I felt I...
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Brad Yoder is a 1994-1995 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? It was a chance to move to a bigger city. What...
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