Our Impact


PULSE has made a substantial impact in the lives of so many participants, nonprofits, and neighborhoods over the course of its 25 year history. This impact is measured in three distinct ways:


Over 350 participants have partnered with 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 500,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.

How are participants impacting Pittsburgh and beyond?

The difference that PULSE makes in the lives of recent college graduates is difficult to quantify. Check out our Participant Stories.


Currently, our 43 participants work with 40 nonprofit partners and contribute over 35,000 hours of service to Pittsburgh and its residents every year.

Over 40 alumni continue to work in nonprofit sector in Pittsburgh. PULSE has found new ways to retain and attract a workforce that will help forge a new economy in Pittsburgh. Alumni are serving at the following organizations, among others, in Pittsburgh:

  • Amizade
  • Carnegie Library
  • Chuck Cooper Foundation
  • Consumer Health Coalition
  • East Liberty Development, Inc.
  • Grow Pittsburgh
  • La Escuelita Arcoiris
  • Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
  • Mount Washington Community Development Corporation
  • Nine Mile Run
  • Oakland Girls Choir
  • Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
  • Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance
  • Pittsburgh Urban Christian School
  • Riverlife
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
  • Tree Pittsburgh
  • United Way APOS
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
  • WYEP


What happens when participants graduate from PULSE?

The vast majority of PULSE participants not only stay in Pittsburgh after PULSE, but continue to invest in the East Liberty, Highland Park, Perry Hilltop, and Garfield neighborhoods.

Alumni purchase and renovate homes, start families, develop small businesses, start nonprofits, volunteer, and work to be good neighbors.  This is the logical progression for a young adult, but the results for a PULSE participant are staggering.

Here are just a few of the things PULSE participants have specifically done in the East Liberty, Garfield and Highland Park neighborhood:

  • Created the Union Project, a space to connect, create and celebrate community in East Liberty.
  • Renovated 737, 739, 741 and 817 N Beatty Street.
  • Created the Kincaid St. Community Garden behind the Graham Street House in Garfield.
  • Organized a Beautify our ‘Burgh Zone on Negley between Stanton and Penn.

The simple truth is that when PULSE invests in the internal development of young adults, the external, built environment of East Liberty, Garfield, Perry Hilltop, and Highland Park are transformed.

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