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Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST) is a four-year-old organization that increases quality and access of after-school programs for children and youth. Nikita Zook, a current PULSE fellow, serves at APOST as co-coordinator of a pilot after-school program.  The after-school program brings five organizations together to better deliver after-school services. Mila Yochum, the director of...
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The transition from college to the “working world” can be tough.  It often leaves many in a position that they’ve never experienced. Empowered with a degree, new ideas, inspiration and (possibly) fear, recent college graduates are often filled with anxiety about what to do with it all. For Ruth Maust, PULSE provides a safe place...
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Encountering Self-Discovery: Jessica King “PULSE showed me that no matter your experience, you can engage in issues that matter to you, get your hands dirty, and make a difference.”  By the time Jessica King finished PULSE in 1997, she had discovered a whole world of vocational pursuits. As someone who chose to get a liberal...
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FINDING INSPIRATION: JUSTIN ROTHSHANK “PULSE helped create the environment for me to think my dreams were reachable.”  Justin Rothshank, a nationally renowned ceramics artist, arrived for his PULSE year in 2000, ready to discover what life after college would be. The opportunity to volunteer at I Design, a woodworking studio in the Strip District, and...
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Cultivating a Community: Susanna Meyer “I’m a rural girl by birthright, I love the country, but taking my interests from that setting and bringing them to the city has proved to be fulfilling,” said Susanna Meyer.  Susanna Meyer didn’t have to give up her love of nature when she moved to Pittsburgh–she brought nature with her...
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FRAMING COMMUNITY: JAMES EASH As James Eash cleared pigeon carcasses and abandoned trash from the dilapidated Union Project, he discovered what kind of career he wanted after his PULSE year. “I realized that I wanted to start working with organizations that help people do those kinds of community projects,” said James. When James started his...
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MAKING AN IMPACT: STEPHAN BONTRAGER Learning to live with seven people may not be the first thing you’d write on a resume for a job, but Stephan Bontrager, a 2001-02 PULSE alumnus, sees this lesson helping him in many facets of his life – from professional to community. “PULSE showed me that I could live...
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Yinzpiring Others: Kate Stoltzfus “I’m blessed to work in places that gives me energy, it’s been a process to find what I love.” Kate Stoltzfus’ involvement in Pittsburgh organizations might seem exhausting, but staying connected to her community is what gives Kate energy. She writes regularly for her blog–Yinzpiration, which celebrates young Pittsburghers’ unique contributions to the...
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“It’s impossible for me to name all the ways I’ve been impacted by PULSE.  I’ve discovered passions, personal and professionally.  I’ve made life-long friends.  I’ve been given the opportunity to serve, take ownership of project and gain job experience.  But most importantly, PULSE has instilled in me a sense of self-confidence and the knowledge that...
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