Participant Story : Joey Nyame

Joey_btnJoey 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 of clients at different levels of care (in drug and alcohol treatment) as well as post treatment, and aggregates the data for further analysis.

When she isn’t working at POWER, you may find Joey at an Italian Conversation group or salsa dancing at a local community center.  She also is involved with Higher Achievement as a weekly 5th grade mentor.

What is the best part of the PULSE experience?
The best part about my PULSE experience has been living with my roommates at the PULSE Graham house. We have really good house dynamics and we all get along quite well.

What are some hobbies that you would like to pursue or have started pursuing?
I attend an Italian Conversation group that meets on Sundays. I have also gone Salsa dancing every third Sunday at the Edgewood Club.

What is something about Pittsburgh that has surprised you?
I was surprised by the sense of pride and unity that the city exhibits. It’s really nice to see so many people feeling connected to each other and supporting their own. I was also surprised at how gracious and warm people in Pittsburgh are.

How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
PULSE has inspired me to be more active in involving myself with the surrounding community.

What would your dream Saturday in Pittsburgh be?
For a dream Saturday in Pittsburgh, I would start with an early morning run through the neighborhood. Then, head over to Frick Park with my guitar and a good book to enjoy the sun. In the evening, I would go to some type of cultural event.

Story by Anna Wildermuth (Pawsey) – PULSE Alumnus ’10-11, ’11-12

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