Bonner Leader Program ApplicationThe Bonner Leader Program is for students who want to help others and learn to be leaders.
They commit to four years of regular volunteer work with nonprofits that help people in need such as food and housing insecurity, poverty, college access, and environmental sustainability. Besides training and leadership development, students also receive financial help through work-study funds.
Advocacy in Action
The Bonner Program develops students who are civically engaged. They take action on a variety of issues and work for change within the community. Whether attending a city council meeting, working in an urban garden, or tutoring in after-school programs, Bonners are involved in making a positive difference.
Program components include:
- Program orientation before the school year begins.
- 300 hours of community service per academic year with an average of eight-10 hours per week.
- Participation in weekly training and reflection activities.
- Team-building activities to 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 to take partin service-learning projects with faculty and community partners.
- Promoting an understanding of the seven common commitments.
Our Seven Common Commitments
- Civic Engagement: Exploring and participating in many forms and dimensions of engagement including service, political engagement, social action, and public policy.
- Community Building: Creating and sustaining a vibrant community of place, personal relationships, and shared interests.
- Diversity: Respecting the many different dimensions of personal and group identities (such as class, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, physical and mental ability) and creating opportunities to dialogue and learn across them.
- International Perspective: Developing an international and global understanding that enables individuals to take part in an interconnected world, appreciate and transcend national boundaries.
- Social Justice: Understand and advocate for fairness, impartiality, and equity in addressing systemic social and environmental issues.
- Spiritual Exploration: Reflect on and explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual and ethical practices and values of others.
- Spiritual Exploration: Explore personal beliefs while respecting the spiritual practices of others.