PULSE - Pittsburgh Urban Leadership and Service Experience

Goal of Program

PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. We invite talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. Fellows SERVE with a nonprofit, LIVE in community with other fellows, and GROW as a leader through ongoing leadership training and development.

Type of Placement

Various. Fellows serve 35 hrs/week with a nonprofit organization. As best as we are able, we try to customize our service sites to match member passion, gifts and professional interests. Over the last 24 years, we've worked with over 125 different nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh. For a list of some previous nonprofit partners: http://pulsepittsburgh.org/partner-with-us/past-partners/.

Service Area

Pittsburgh, PA

Service Length

About a year, from the end of August to the beginning of August

Program Size

Capacity is 36-42 fellows annually.


College graduates, open to living in intentional community, hard-working, self-starters, people who want to grow, commitment to service.

Financial Arrangements

Lodging, food, transportation stipend, personal stipend, utilities, internet/phone, reimbursable medical expenses, education funds for classes, excursions, etc.

Living Arrangements

Fellows live together in multiple PULSE owned and/or operated houses (4-8 bedroom) in the East End, Northside, and South Pittsburgh.


Week-long orientation, two retreats (fall/spring), weekly seminars on Wednesdays from 1-5pm, mentoring and other personal and professional development opportunities.

Application Deadline

Application deadline for the 2019-2020 program is March 3rd, 2019. Application available at: http://pulsepittsburgh.org/serve-with-us/.


Neal Donovan


5615 Stanton Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: 412 361-0124


[email protected]


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No affiliation, but we have a strong connection/history to the Mennonite Church. However, PULSE is faith affirming: we will affirm and support each Fellow's exploration and development of their faith

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