When I graduated from University of Pittsburgh this past spring, I knew I was ending a chapter and beginning a new journey as a recent college graduate. While it was difficult leaving the familiar; Pitt, friends, and family, I decided to join the PULSE program in Pittsburgh, PA.
PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. They invite recent college graduates (like myself) to partner with local nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. I am excited about the PULSE program because I will serve with the Women’s Center and Shelter (WCS) of Greater Pittsburgh as an Education Facilitator implementing school-based dating violence prevention and intervention programming.
While serving with a nonprofit whose values align with my own, I will develop meaningful relationships with other fellows, others at my nonprofit placement, and members of the Pittsburgh community. In just the first few weeks, I have begun to cement these relationships while living with my housemates in the East End of Pittsburgh.
I am looking forward to participating in transformative service while learning what it means to work in a community and while growing as an individual. My hope for the year is to grow as a leader, in my dedication to service, and in my understanding of myself. Following my service year, I plan to attend graduate school to study community health and receive a Master of Public Health. Throughout my year implementing dating violence prevention education, I will gain tangible experiences to apply toward my graduate studies while enacting meaningful change in Pittsburgh Public Schools with WCS.
Part of my first task as a PULSE participant is to assemble a team of people who will support me in this work. I realize that I can’t do this work alone, that I need others to come alongside me and partner with me.
Would you please consider supporting me in this work? I am in the process of raising a minimum of $2500 to cover expenses for this year of service and leadership. Your support will help impact the lives of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable.