When I graduated from Wesleyan University in May, I knew I was closing a chapter and beginning a new journey as a recent college graduate. While it was difficult leaving the familiar and entering the world at this especially difficult moment in history; I decided to join the PULSE program in Pittsburgh, PA as my next step. I’m coming home!
PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. They invite recent college graduates to partner with local nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. I am so thrilled to join with a group of fellows all dedicated to the same mission of improving Pittsburgh in any way we can. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish to serve the city that I love.
Living through the onslaught of an unprecedented public health crisis alongside a long-overdue reckoning of the systems of racism and oppression that are woven into the fabric of the country (all within the past few months!) has made one thing clear to me: the failure of even the most well-intentioned systems to protect our nation’s—and our city’s—most vulnerable. There is seemingly no end to the tasks needed to build a better nation and city, on issues ranging from racial justice to reproductive rights to climate action to healthcare accessibility to income inequality. A silver lining of having so many fires to put out at once is that there are so many avenues for an individual to make a difference.
PULSE has given me an opportunity to pursue one of these avenues in my own hometown, to start making a difference in the city where I grew up. I hope to connect with the community that I have been away from for the past four years and find a way to make a tangible difference on the lives in this city. There’s so much to do, and it’s time to get to work on my little piece of it, starting in Pittsburgh.
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.