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Ohio Wesleyan pupil intern as job coach guides folks with disabilities within the office

by cole hatcher

Sonia Levine says Cleveland holds a particular place in her coronary heart, and he or she was delighted to be part of the Summer season at Cuyahoga occasion. (Photograph courtesy of Sonia Levine)

Identify: Sonia Levine ’23
hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
main: zoology
minor: Psychology
OWU connection ExpertiseSummer season Internship (LEAP) with linking employability, capabilities and prospects

Levine labored as a jobs coach with Linking Employment, Talents and Potential (LEAP) in Cleveland, Ohio. The non-profit group is “dedicated to being an agent of constructive change, working to advance participation and equality in society for folks with disabilities in Northeast Ohio.”

my job obligation

“My main job is to assist and practice people with disabilities to navigate the office,” Levine mentioned earlier than her internship ended. “The job website I’ve been assigned to is at Petco and I’ve a gaggle of 3-4 college students that I’m accountable for. At the moment, my college students are studying to refill, clear up, and perceive correct work habits. I work with them as a result of they’re doing these items and I assist them in numerous methods. Some strategies embrace verbal and gesture prompting, giving reminders, and performing skillful duties. ,

my favourite second

“My favourite second is watching my college students enhance their new abilities all through their time in the summertime youth program that LEAP provides for highschool college students. Since that is the primary job for a lot of of those college students , so I get to witness and be part of their expertise which is one thing particular.”

discovered classes

“One of many classes I’ve discovered from this expertise is to only be variety and compassionate to individuals who could have a tough time understanding or understanding one thing, whether or not it is a bodily or cognitive limitation that an individual has. .

“I’ve discovered that not everybody has the endurance I can maintain, however I discover that in lots of cases, endurance is what will get you the place you wish to be. At a nonprofit Working is not the place I assumed I might be, however what plenty of nonprofits study for the neighborhood makes me wish to have interaction extra.

“Even when I’m not pursuing what I’m finding out, I’m discovering new experiences and people new experiences will information me about what I wish to do sooner or later.”

my cleveland expertise

Levine’s internship is coordinated by Summer season on the Cuyahoga Program, which seeks to showcase the promising college students of 9 US faculties and universities what the Northeast Ohio area has to supply.

“Since I stay on the outskirts of Cleveland, Cleveland holds a particular place in my coronary heart. I used to be glad I might be right here for the summer season, and in addition meet new folks and go to new locations I have never been to but am.”

my profession connection

“I’ve the respect of Mindy Egin (Assistant Director for Internship and Externship) helps me to get this internship. She helped me by first reviewing my resume, and I continued to make use of the Profession Connection workplace to satisfy with Mindy, to put in writing a resume, a canopy letter, after which to rearrange a mock interview.

“I’m so grateful for the alternatives I discovered with Mindy to go over all of these things as a result of they’re essential if one desires to use for knowledgeable job or get an internship.”

Why did I select Ohio Wesleyan?

“I made a decision to attend Ohio Wesleyan for various causes. I wished one thing that jogged my memory of residence, had the most important I wished, and had a way of neighborhood that I can say obtained me into OWU. Bought it after three years.

my plans after commencement

“My plans after commencement are unsure, however I wish to both work with animals or proceed working and studying about nonprofits. At OWU, I enter a number of totally different programs. which might not be associated to my main, however by way of them, I increase my data and may apply it in actual life.



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