The Bonner Program: Overview

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2. 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.. 3. History. Corella

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1. 1 The Bonner Program: Overview “Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve”

2. 2 Bonner Foundation Mission

3. 3 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

4. 4 Facts at a Glance

5. 5 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.

6. 6 The Common Commitments

7. 7 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

8. 8 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.)

9. 9 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

10. 10 Implementation Areas

11. 11 Community Partnership Model

12. 12 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

13. 13 Student Development Approach

14. 14 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

15. 15 Supported by Sustained Activities

16. 16 Building in Skill Development

17. 17 Pulling It Together: Developmental Roadmap (5 E’s)

18. 18 Through Service: Increasing Leadership

19. 19 Through Co-Curricular: Intentional Skill Support

20. 20 Through Academics: Knowledge and Analysis

21. 21 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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