Annie Cleary

Miami University
OMA

Spring 2013

“Every week, students met one on one with elders, who experienced autonomy through their ability to create beautiful art pieces. OMA is an organization that I believe deserves to be promoted as it has played a special role in the lives of all involved.”

This semester, I interned for the Opening Minds through Program (OMA). OMA is an intergenerational program that brings together elders living with dementia and Miami University students. Every week, students met one on one with elders, who experienced autonomy through their ability to create beautiful art pieces. OMA is an organization that I believe deserves to be promoted as it has played a special role in the lives of all involved. Therefore, for my internship, in addition to volunteering as a student leader, I designed a line of OMA t-shirts. This project was relevant to the organization in order to spread the word about OMA, as well as act as a fundraiser for the organization. This was an opportunity for me to put my own creativity to use in the designing of the t-shirt. Also, I interacted with both OMA leaders as well as the company that printed the t-shirts. Because of this, I learned how to work with both a non-profit organization as well as a for profit company. From this experience, I learned that while the actual program is very important, it is also essential to have financial resources to sustain. My favorite aspect of interning with OMA was working one on one with my elders. However, I think I was able to leave a lasting impact through the design of these t-shirts. My internship was a very rewarding experience, and I am happy to have had the chance to be a part of a program as unique and meaningful as OMA.