You will hear some new voices answering the phone, and see some new faces at the DSAOC Center for the next few months…
The Down Syndrome Association of Orange County loves our interns, and we are very lucky and grateful to have 3 wonderful ladies that have chosen to get their experience with us and our families at the DSAOC Center. Be sure to welcome them the next time you call or stop by.
Olivia Vought: Growing up, Olivia loved school, music, art and dance… in that order. She explored different subjects in school, participating in marching band/jazz band, drawing/painting/making crafts, practicing tap/ballet/jazz and hip hop. In 2005, her excitement for the arts lead her to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she continued to draw, paint, and later sculpt. Having volunteered at Gateway Arts in Brookline, Olivia was studying art therapy at Lesley University for a short while. After observing what art therapy and art school is about, Olivia ventured back to California to pursue a new career.
Working her way through general education at Irvine Valley College, she learned about the Human Services program at CSUF. After transferring there in 2011, Olivia began to explore internships and volunteering at fine arts programs for adults with intellectual disabilities. First volunteering at Hope University in Anaheim, Olivia was able to work one-on-one with students as well as be an aide to the teachers. After interning for two semesters at Creative Identity, Olivia was finally able to teach her own classes including songwriting, tap dance, watercolor painting, and music theory. This was the time Olivia realized she really wanted to teach and become a Special Education instructor. After completing her Bachelor of Science in the Spring of 2015, Olivia plans on going back to CSUF to obtain her Master’s in Special Education. WELCOME OLIVIA!
Shelby Owens: Shelby grew up in Trabuco Canyon, CA with her family. She is the youngest of 5 children and has 12 nieces and nephews. She has a love for children and has served in her community volunteering with the Special Olympics and helped build bathrooms in Fiji. She is currently the Philanthropy Chair in her sorority, Delta Zeta.
Shelby is currently living in Fullerton and attends California State University, Fullerton. She plans to graduate in August 2015 with her B.S. in Human Services. After graduating, Shelby wants to get her Masters in Social Work and work at an agency that specializes in Adoption and Foster Care Services. WELCOME SHELBY!
Rosie Meyer: Rosie is our newest intern. She is from Riverside, CA and is currently a Senior at Vanguard University of Southern California. Rosie is working on her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. She has worked in restaurants all through college, so you’ll find her very cheerful and outgoing! We are thrilled that Rosie will be supporting various program activities, but will concentrate much of her internship on our hospital outreach project. WELCOME ROSIE!
If you have an interest in DSAOC’s Internship Program, please contact the DSAOC Center at (714) 540-5794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.