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While many Pittsburghers settle into their office routine each morning, Philip Yoder is getting ready to head outside to check on the trails. His service placement with Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) is with Friends of the Riverfront, where he makes sure the trails you walk on are looking good and well-kept. Friends of...
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The intentional community aspect of PULSE has inspired me to always be mindful about the personalities and needs of people I’m living with. I don’t want those relationships to be shallow. I think it’s important to know the people you’re living with, care about them deeply, and be attentive to times they need some extra...
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“My favorite part of the PULSE experience has been getting to know new people. You learn about people much faster living in a tightly-knit community. Even though it has only been 8 months, I feel as if I have known this years PULSERs for years.” Jonathan Luginbill grew up and went to college in Bluffton,...
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Joey Nyame, originally from Philadelphia, PA, is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where she spent her time studying Psychology.  In addition to her studies, Joey was a Civic Engagement Officer. While in Pittsburgh, Joey’s placement is with POWER (Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery). Her role is the Outcomes Coordinator where she coordinates the surveying...
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I’ve learned that I enjoy having a variety of tasks to do on a daily basis. I love that my placement provides me the opportunity to be creative and rarely has a dull moment. As a recent graduate, Hannah Geiser has always been busy. Studying Biochemistry at from Goshen College, participating in Goshen’s Sustainability Semester...
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I’ve learned about how much I can really handle. Moving to a brand new city nearly 400 miles from home and diving into an intentional community calls for a lot of resilience on its own.  I’ve found it all to be extremely worth it and I can definitely say that being a PULSEr has shown...
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“I love the community living aspect of PULSE. There’s nothing better than coming home from a long day at work to a house full of fun, goofy, caring people that are going through what you are going through. I love having this transition year after college.” – Emily Kraybill Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Emily Kraybill graduated...
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“I love living in a city. I love how it makes you feel connected and part of a collective. Living in Pittsburgh has brought me closer to the human experience. The experience of living in the city with fellow young people is so rewarding. I never thought a highlight of my day would be riding the...
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“The 2013-2014 PULSE participants are a wonderfully diverse group of gifted people.  Seeing and experiencing their passion only motivates me to work harder in my every pursuit, and to learn more from every person and scenario I encounter.”  – Alex Smith Alex Smith is a fan of all things Pittsburgh. Growing up in Greensburg, Pa,...
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Living in a city is not always what it seems. Before experiencing a new place, we can hardly predict what it will be like. Often times, we develop expectations based upon what we hear from others. Rebecca Dyck traveled to Pittsburgh after hearing about the PULSE program through a family friend. Not only is she...
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