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The Bonner Program: Overview. “Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve”. A program of: The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation 10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 fax For more information, please visit our website at www.bonner.org.

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The bonner program overview

The Bonner Program:Overview

“Access to Education,

Opportunity to Serve”

A program of:

The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation

10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 fax

For more information, please visit our website at www.bonner.org


Bonner foundation mission

Bonner Foundation Mission

Through sustained partnerships of colleges and congregations the Bonner Foundation seeks to improve the lives of individuals and communities by helping meet the basic needs of nutrition and educational opportunity.


History

History

  • Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation

    • Incorporated in the late 1980s

  • Crisis Ministry Program

    • Supports Congregationally-affiliated hunger relief initiatives (approximately $650,000 per year)

  • Bonner Scholar Program

    • Piloted at Berea College in 1990-91

    • Currently 1500 students on 27 campuses in 12 states

    • More than 3000 Bonner Scholar alumni

  • Bonner Leader Program

    • Piloted in mid-1990s in New Jersey

    • Currently 1000+ students on 45+ campuses


Facts at a glance

Facts at a Glance

  • Working with 68 colleges and universities in 20 states

  • Engaging 2,500 students through 27 Bonner Scholar and 41 Bonner Leader Programs

  • We’ve given $120 million to campus programs over the past 15 years

  • Each year, students are cumulatively providing 700,000 hours of service

Tennessee

Carson-Newman College

Maryville College

Rhodes College

Tusculum College

Virginia

Appalachian School of Law

Bluefield College

Emory and Henry College

Ferrum College

Lynchburg College

Southwest Virginia Community College

University of Richmond

Washington and Lee University

Washington

Central Washington University

NW Learning & Achievement Group

Whitworth College

West Virginia

Concord College

West Virginia Wesleyan

Wheeling Jesuit University

Alaska

University of Alaska, Anchorage

California

California State University Los Angeles

Pepperdine University

Saint Mary’s College of California

Sonoma State University

University of California Berkeley

University of California Davis

University of California Los Angeles

University of California Santa Cruz

University of Southern California

Florida

Jacksonville University

Stetson University

Georgia

Berry College

Morehouse College

Spelman College

Idaho

Brigham Young University

Idaho State University

University of Idaho

Indiana

DePauw University

Earlham College

Kansas

Washburn University

Kentucky

Berea College

Centre College

Lindsay Wilson College

Union College

University of Louisville

Maryland

Hood College

Missouri

College of the Ozarks

North Carolina

Davidson College

Guilford College

Lees McRae College

Mars Hill College

Pfeiffer University

Warren Wilson College

New Jersey

Middlesex County College

Rider University

The College of New Jersey

Ohio

Antioch College

Defiance College

Oberlin College

University of Dayton

Oregon

Portland State University

Pennsylvania

Allegheny College

Dickinson College

Juniata College

Messiah College

Waynesburg College

West Chester University

South Carolina

Converse College

Wofford College


Bonner program goals

Bonner Program Goals

  • Students

    • To afford college students an opportunity to use their energy, talents, and leadership skills to engage in community service while providing developmental and financial support.

  • Campus

    • To challenge and strengthen a “culture of service” in which the school’s teaching, research, and service mission are integrated and every student, faculty, and staff is encouraged to serve.

  • Community

    • To facilitate greater cooperation and communication between the campus and the community by channeling the energies and talents of college students faculty, and staff to help address the challenges and opportunities of a local community.

  • Higher Education

    • To form a consortium of diverse higher education institutions sharing a common commitment to service and to serve as a successful model to other institutions which are interested in starting service-based scholarship programs.


The common commitments

The Common Commitments

Civic Engagement:Participate intentionally as a citizen in the democratic process, actively engaging in public policy and direct service.

International Perspective:Develop international understandingthat enables Bonner Scholars to participate successfully in a global society.

Community Building:Establish and sustain a vibrant community of place, personal relationships and common interests.

Social Justice:Advocate for fairness, impartiality and equality while addressing systemic social and environmental issues.

Diversity: Respect the many different dimensions of diversity in our public lives.

Spiritual Exploration:Explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual practices of others.


Key program features

Key Program Features

  • Team-based Program

    • Multi-year program with 10-100 Bonner Scholars/Leaders per campus (5-25 per class)

    • Coordinated by an on-campus director and coordinator

    • Partnered with site supervisors at each community agency

  • Community Outreach

    • 10 hour per week plus full-time summers (summer optional for BLP based on funding availability)

    • 80% Direct service, 20% Training and Enrichment

    • Students select where they want to serve

    • Students also serve as service project leaders

  • Student Development

    • Supported through regular training and enrichment activities

    • Increased expectations each year in the program


Financial structure

Financial Structure

Bonner Scholar

  • 4 year model

  • 10 hrs/wk school year

  • 2-3 summer service internships

  • Bonner Foundation pays student stipend

  • Bonner Foundation supports other program costs (service trips, community fund, etc.)

  • Bonner Leader

    • 2-4 year model

    • 10 hrs/wk school year

    • maybe summer

    • Institutional work-study or scholarships pay for student stipends

    • Institution or grants supports other program costs (service trips, trainings, etc.)

vs.


Bonner americorps option

Bonner AmeriCorps Option

  • AmeriCorps Education Awards

    • 2 YR 900 hr term = $2,362.50 Ed Award

    • 1 YR 450 hr term = $1,250.00 Ed Award

    • 1 YR 300 hr term = $1,000.00 Ed. Award

  • Campus request slots from Bonner Foundation


Implementation areas

Implementation Areas

Community Impact

Campus Infrastructure

Student Development


Community partnership model

Community Partnership Model


Comprehensive placement process

Comprehensive Placement Process

  • High quality community partnerships

  • Community Learning Agreement

  • Logging service & training hours

  • Reporting service accomplishments

  • End-of-Semester Student Reflections

  • One-on-one individual coaching by Bonner staff


Student development approach

Student Development Approach

Our student development approach offers students a journey including opportunities to develop:

  • Experience

  • Skills

  • Values

  • Knowledge


A comprehensive program

A Comprehensive Program

  • Retreats & community building events

  • 10 hours of service weekly during the academic year (300 hour total)

  • At least one full-time summer of service

  • Intensive training and enrichment activities, including meetings

  • Consistent reflection

  • Advising and mentorship

  • Increasing levels of leadership and responsibility, in service and on campus

  • Integrating the Common Commitments


Supported by sustained activities

Supported by Sustained Activities

Over Two to Four Years

Each Year

  • Selection

  • Orientation

  • First Year Service Trip

  • Second Year Service Exchange

  • Recommitment Exercise

  • Junior Enrichment Project

  • Summer Service

  • Final (Senior) Presentation of Learning

  • Placement/ Community Learning Agreement (each semester)

  • Weekly to Monthly meetings by class

  • Monthly meetings with all Bonners

  • One-on-one interviews each semester

  • Reapply


Building in skill development

Building in Skill Development


Pulling it together developmental roadmap 5 e s

Pulling It Together: Developmental Roadmap (5 E’s)

Expertise

Academic linkages

(Service-learning, CBR, minor, major & certificates)

Example

Experience

Through Service

(Developmental placements, learning through action)

Exploration

Co-Curricular Activities

(Training & Enrichment,

Reflection, and Advising)

Expectation


Through service increasing leadership

Through Service: Increasing Leadership

Expertise - specialist

Culminating project

or capstone;

Academic connection;

Future-focused

Placements evolve to offer increasing complexity and responsibility

Example - team leader/coordinator

Continued development of focus; demonstrated knowledge and skill as project coordinator

Possible third summer (abroad or career connection)

Experience - regular volunteer

Development of greater focus; commitment to one agency and type of placement; Exchange;

Summer in a new area

Exploration - occasional volunteer

Exposure to the neighborhood, agencies, issue areas and types of placements; Service Trip;

Summer in the hometown

Expectation

Prior experience in “service” including in one’s family


Through co curricular intentional skill support

Through Co-Curricular: Intentional Skill Support

Expertise

Academic Research

Career planning & vocation

Evaluation

Networking

Public Speaking

Skills for lifelong involvement

Training and enrichment opportunities support students to develop skills

Example

Academic Connection

Leading inquiry & reflection

Personal and civic values

Project coordination

Resource development

Experience

Critical thinking

Diversity awareness

Group dynamics & communication

Project planning

Introduction to social issues/civics

Exploration

Community knowledge

Personal exploration & reflection

Setting goals

Time management

Expectation

Introduction to Bonner

Work ethic & professionalism


Through academics knowledge and analysis

Through Academics: Knowledge and Analysis

Expertise

Enhancing the rigor of students’ knowledge development and learning

Internships

Capstones

Example

Coursework (varying orders):

• As in “experience” level

• International

• Internships

Experience

Coursework (varying orders):

• Poverty

• Politics & policy

• Issue related (education, arts, race, etc.) & service learning

Exploration

Lead-In Course

Expectation


Foundation resources

Foundation Resources

  • Networking

    • Bonner Program consortium of 70+ schools

    • 130+ Bonner Partner Organizations

  • Web/Print

    • 50+ Planned Co-curricular Training Modules

    • Handbooks & Implementation Guides

  • Meetings/Training

    • Director & Coordinators

    • Bonner Congress

    • Summer Leadership Institute

  • Bonner Web-Based Reporting System

  • Assessment

  • Collaborative Fundraising (AmeriCorps Ed Awards, FIPSE, etc.)

  • Foundation staff campus visits


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