The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) serves the community by connecting job seekers with employers. The board offers job seekers low-cost training opportunities and gives incentives to businesses who hire new employees.
Alex Smith, a current PULSE fellow, works at TRWIB as a project assistant. He serves both in-school and out-of-school youth in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. He is assisting the development of a variety of programs to inform and provide youth both education and career opportunities in the region.
Kevin Perkey, director of youth programs, wrote about his organization’s experience working with PULSE fellows. TRWIB has worked with PULSE fellows on and off for five years now.
SA: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?
Perkey: PULSE is a fantastic organization. Period. Their focus on connecting young, mission-driven individuals with meaningful service in our community is unwavering. At the same time, their vision to develop the next generation of leadership is a wonderful contribution to Pittsburgh’s growth and the lives they touch through their work. Every PULSE fellow we’ve welcomed onto our team has been a valuable asset for our organization.
SA: What do you like most about your current PULSE fellow?
Perkey: Their character. They all have a wonderful sense of curiosity and humor. Both of these are incredibly helpful characteristics in our line of work!
SA: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?
Perkey: Our PULSE fellows have been incredibly valuable assets to our organization. Their willingness to dive-in and contribute wherever we need help has been an enormous benefit. PULSE fellows are dynamic and nimble, which are key characteristics for us since our work is ever changing.
SA: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?
Perkey: As much as our PULSE Fellows have learned while working with us, its really the education I’ve received by working with such talented, driven, and committed individuals that has been one of the most rewarding parts of partnering with PULSE.
SA: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?
Perkey: If you’re looking for an infusion of passion, new ideas, and creativity contact PULSE and bring on a PULSE fellow. You won’t be disappointed.
Story by PULSE Alumna Sara Alvarez.