3E Now works to educate and empower teens to eliminate dating violence and gender inequality. They offer programs to students, parents, coaches and school faculty centered around teen dating violence and gender inequality to raise awareness and spread prevention education. 3E Now programs provide area youth with a means to take action for themselves and opportunities to learn how to further address these issues in their communities. Currently serving at 3E Now is PULSE fellow Jenna Hanner.
Chris McAneny is the Founder and Executive Director of 3E Now. In the following interview he talks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.
ET: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?
CM: 3E Now strives to work with a limited budget in prevention education and working with PULSE made sense financially. There is high turnover in prevention education and PULSE allows us to continue to meet staffing needs while also providing a structured time frame for fellows.
ET: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?
CM: We love that PULSE brings young, professional talent to the nonprofit community. Our work in prevention education focuses largely on high school students and youth organizations, so working with a PULSE fellow who is a recent college graduate and similar in both age and experiences to the people we are trying to reach is beneficial because it makes the connection stronger.
ET: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?
CM: Our partnership with PULSE has furthered the mission of 3E Now and reinforced our business model. Not only have we been able to grow our program staff but we also have the chance to expand our partnerships with others in the community. We don’t have an HR Department, so knowing that PULSE can bring high quality fellows to our organization is very helpful.
ET: What do you like most about your current PULSE fellow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?
CM: Jenna has brought so many of her own capabilities to our organization. She is a leader, a go-getter, and is determined. We love that she can focus on the work of 3E Now while having the support of the PULSE community behind her.
ET: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?
CM: If you want to hire but are limited budget wise, partner with PULSE. The value you gain from a PULSE fellow goes far beyond any cost to the organization. Overall it is a great experience.
Story by PULSE Associate Emma Toner.
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