Natasha Stewart

Wright State University
2018

“Thanks to my time at the Ombudsman Office and in the Scholars in Aging program, I feel better equipped to begin my Social Work career and help inspire positive change.”

I am honored to have been chosen as one of the participants of the Spring 2018 Scholars in Aging program. Throughout the program, staff members were very supportive and eager to help the participants expand their knowledge. The program staff were employed with and had key positions in the aging network and were able to offer a new perspective, as well as detailed information not readily available. The program afforded me an opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of majors and life experiences. Between the fifteen of us, the diversity of majors was exciting to see. Discovering the potential each of us has to create stability and change for Ohio’s aging population was and continues to be, truly inspiring.

The Scholars in Aging program provided us with the opportunity to participate in an invaluable speed networking session with local experts in a variety of areas. Through this process, we were able to quickly gain knowledge about local programs as well as gain respected contacts in various sectors of Ohio’s aging network. We were also given the unique opportunity to meet with local legislators to gain insight about what may be in the works regarding new legislation for the aging population and the process behind the legislation. Being among so many others who shared a passion for helping others, specifically the aging population, has been a very humbling and rewarding experience; one I highly encourage students to apply for.

During my time in the Scholars in Aging Program, I was in my final semester of my Social Work undergraduate program at Wright State University and in a practicum at the Dayton Long-Term Care Ombudsman Office (region 2). As an intern at an Ombudsman office, students are given many opportunities to interact one-on-one with clients and long-term care staff. Students learn valuable case intake skills, as well as how to be an effective advocate for those who may not be able to self-advocate.

Thanks to my time at the Ombudsman Office and in the Scholars in Aging program, I feel better equipped to begin my Social Work career and help inspire positive change.