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  “In living on the Northside and through self-exploration exercises, I have learned more about my weaknesses and how to address them..” – Zeba Ahmed       Originally from Wyomissing, PA, Zeba Ahmed graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Japanese and Sociology in 2014. While at Pitt, Zeba was involved in the...
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  “I’m learning how to adapt and build meaningful relationships with a wide variety of people.” – Neil Grbach         Neil Grbach, a native to the Pittsburgh area, studied Urban Studies and History at the University of Pittsburgh. He was involved in a number of ways on campus, including as the Fundraising Chair for the...
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  “I work with a really awesome staff! They are great, talented, creative people who I know have my back. I also enjoy the opportunity to work with Northside kids and feel like I make an impact on their lives..” – Natalie Nagel Natalie Nagel, a Western PA native from Allison Park, graduated from Grove City College...
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  “I’ve learned my place in the community and how to utilize my strengths and apply those to my house, my community, and the other cohort.” – Jordan West Jordan West graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in Italian, and minors in Spanish and International Studies. He spent one academic year during college...
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  “It’s been amazing to have this new experience where I am going into new neighborhoods and they still feel like home. It’s a feeling of “you want to be here”. People walking down the street are nice to you, and it feels like a community wherever you go. I feel like myself here.” – Casy Stelitano A...
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  “I also just really love the environment of Habitat for Humanity –everyone is really friendly and welcoming and open to new ideas. I’m having a fantastic time..” – Stephen Hart     Stephen Hart graduated from Gannon University with degrees in Theology and Biology. During his college years, Stephen was involved on campus as a resident...
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  “The most valuable part of PULSE has been the self-reflection and exploration in PULSE seminars. There is a helpful emphasis on how you need to know yourself before you can be an effective leader and community member.” – Menna Abaye   Menna Abaye, originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has spent the last four years in...
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  “The best part of the PULSE experience is being able to transition into the professional world with other young adults going through the same experience.” – Kristen Hochreiter     Kristen Hochreiter is no stranger to Pittsburgh, having spent the past four years at the University of Pittsburgh earning her Bachelor of Social Work with...
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“The idea that I would be able to develop a community while moving to a new city made it easy to join Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE),”- Molly Recka, PULSE ’14-’15 Participant. While Molly Recka planned her future after graduating with a major in Anthropology from College of Wooster, she knew she wanted to...
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“PULSE has given me a chance to slow down and evaluate things in a way that is brand new to me. Living in intentional community with a group of peers who have different backgrounds, goals and outlooks has given me a chance to evaluate the path that I was on.” – Nic Marlton When Nic Marlton chose...
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