Participant Story: Kayla Clark


“I’ve been able to meet some incredible people.” – Kayla Clark



Kayla Clark, originally from Los Angeles, California, graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a degree in Biology. During her time at Davidson, Kayla spent her time working with nonprofits across the southeastern United States and expanded her knowledge of different environmental issues as a Sustainability Scholar. She also became an active participant and supporter of causes relating to environmental justice. Kayla looks forward to being in a new city and being able to connect with a new community of people working for social change. In her free time, she enjoys baking, crafting, volunteering with children, walking around, and exploring the city. She is serving at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh alongside Sean Mann.

Dave Harris: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership. 

Kayla Clark: Almost everyone is incredible. The fact that one of my coworkers has been working here since he graduated college. The people are committed to helping the community.

Dave: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?

Kayla: Honestly, the nights that aren’t fully planned where we end up at random places, especially when they’re free! We went to the downtown art crawl. Equiana took us on a tour of Wiggle Whiskey, where she is currently a tour guide. Everything was free, and we even got to make our own whiskey.

Dave: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Kayla: I’ve been able to meet some incredible people.

Dave: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Kayla: There are actual things to do in Pittsburgh for people our age, especially in the neighborhood where I live. I’ve gone to so many arts events, and people are surprisingly friendly.

Dave: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Kayla: Hannah made this honey garlic shrimp in a stir fry and it was delicious. It it was actually SEASONED WELL! She was working her magic and it was good.

Story by PULSE Participant Dave Harris.

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