Our Story

Who is PULSE

CORE PURPOSE:

PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. We invite talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.

CORE VALUES:

  • Engaging in the Possibility of the City
  • The Transformative Power of Service
  • Celebrating the Creative Energy of Young Adults
  • Building Strong and Enduring Relationships
  • The Exploration and Development of Faith

OUR HISTORY

PULSE founder, John Stahl-Wert, in the early 1990s recognized that Pittsburgh was losing its young people at a rapid rate. This loss of young people contributed to a need for educated, skilled workers in the city’s nonprofit sector. At the same time, Stahl-Wert observed that recent college graduates across the nation were struggling to find creative, meaningful employment, particularly in the arts. In response to these needs, PULSE was formed in 1994. Since its inception, over 350 PULSE fellows have partnered with over 175 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 500,000 hours of service to the city and its residents. PULSE’s unique model which focuses on young adults, nonprofits, and neighborhoods has created lasting change in the lives of thousands of individuals and organizations.

Meet Ashish of PULSE. Learn about the impact of PULSE in the life of young adults.

Watch other stories of transformation or read other fellow stories to learn more about the way PULSE has made a substantial difference in the lives of young adults.

Meet Derek of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. Learn about the impact of PULSE on nonprofits.

Watch other stories of transformation or read other nonprofit partner stories to learn more about the way PULSE has made a substantial difference in the lives of nonprofits and Pittsburgh residents.