The University of Lynchburg Bonner Leader Program is an initiative of The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation and the University of Lynchburg’s Center for Community Engagement. Bonner Leaders serve 10 hours a week at a nonprofit, school, or government agency in exchange for federal work-study funding. Besides their professional skills, Bonner Leaders develop deeper thinking skills through on-campus reflective exercises and educational programming. This helps them understand difference, power, and privilege; and prepares them to become active citizens.
Lynchburg is one of 65 colleges and universities in the Bonner Program Network. The University’s goal is to develop students with strong character, balanced perspectives and prepare them for effective leadership.
The Bonner Program is a part of our Hornet community and it includes a group of dedicated students who work with city agencies and organizations. Students are supported by a professional staff and student leadership team.
Program components include:
- Summer orientation before the school year begins: Incoming Bonner Leaders should register for the June 24 SOAR session and plan to stay on campus for Bonner Orientation June 24-26. Additional details will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
- 300 hours of community service per academic year with an average of eight-10 hours per week.
- Weekly training and reflection activities.
- Team-building activities to help build a cohesive, supportive group of Bonner Leaders.
- Leadership development through student-designed and coordinated projects.
- Networking events such as regional and national conferences.
- Opportunities for service learning with faculty and community partners.
- Understand the seven common commitments.