Back in 1994, when most of you were still doing the “Tootsie Roll”, a man by the name of John Stahl-Wert formed the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience organization, better known as PULSE. He founded PULSE because he recognized that the young people of Pittsburgh were leaving at a rapid rate, which “contributed to a need for educated, skilled workers in the city’s nonprofit sector.” During that time, recent college graduates across the nation were also struggling to find creative, meaningful employment, particularly in the arts. In creating PULSE, Stahl-Wert employs a unique model that has contributed to its success over the years which utilizes the resources of participants, nonprofit partners and city neighborhoods to create lasting change in the lives of thousands of individuals and organizations.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the program is the unique experience it provides for each participant, who is required to have a university degree to be eligible. During their time with PULSE, each young servant leader must be partnered with a nonprofit that matches their interests, ranging from the arts to community development, social service and environmental. They must also live with fellow participants, cook dinner together Monday-Thursday and walk, bike or utilize public transportation to get to their service sites. Growth is another big focus of the program, and so, ongoing training and development is provided.
Each year, PULSE hosts an event to celebrate their mission and work, titled, “PULSEations”. This year’s theme is “Heart of the City” and will be held at the Union Project. The event takes place this Friday, April 12th from 7-10PM and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres by Alma/Abay and a silent auction. Items include a cooking class/lunch with Kevin Sousa at Salt of the Earth, a weekend in Myrtle Beach, a lake cottage in Chautauqua, artwork from PULSE alumni, gift certificates, tickets and more! Tickets are $30 or 3 for $75 and can be purchased here.
Get out this Friday night to support a great cause that is doing wonderful things for our city!