I got excited about the PULSE program because as a young student with a diverse range of interests in the arts, humanities, human-centered technology and urban design, I wanted to see these interests served for the greater civic good. Several key CMU classes I took in photojournalism, service design, and public art, as well as various social impact + tech projects I have recently engaged in, showed me the potential for the nonprofit industry to be innovative whilst dealing with the world’s most pressing issues. As a PULSE participant, I have the fortunate opportunity to made a direct impact in the Pittsburgh community, a city which I found during my four years of study, rich with historical significance and a current site of drastic evolution.
I am looking forward to working with a chosen non-profit that blends equal opportunity in the arts with community development. My role under this organization may be multifaceted depending on the needs of the job, including outreach, multimedia communication, and creative/educational programming. My biggest hope for the year is to explore the nonprofit sector from a professional and experiential lens, while simultaneously surrounding myself in a community of fellow individuals also passionate about engaging in Pittsburgh’s development. What separates the PULSE program apart of other fellowships is the heavy focus on personal development and intentional community building. This means that in addition to working with a nonprofit, I also engage in weekly personal development classes, as well as live and cook with other fellows. That is a humbling opportunity I am looking forward to experiencing.
Part of my first task as a PULSE participant is to assemble a team of people who will support me in this work. 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.