The Developmental Model aims to move Bonners along a trajectory from direct service to a capacity-building or a social action capstone project during their four years as a student at the University of Lynchburg. Our four-year curriculum themes are outlined below.
Exploring Identity and Place: Students will explore partners within the Lynchburg community and find issues and causes in which they can make a difference through service while learning.
Moving From Service to Solutions: Students are introduced to a more comprehensive understanding of civic and community engagement.
Leading Groups: Students take part in workshops to develop tools and techniques as their responsibility and leadership at their site increases.
Knowing Your Issue: Students explore philosophy and approaches for identifying solutions to issues they are confronting and understanding how they contribute.
Managing Projects: Students explore projects that build capacity for organizations.
Building Capacity & Organizations: Students develop a systems view of their community engagement work and begin exploring future pathways.
Preparing for Civically Engaged Lives: Students invest in time for reflection and articulating the impact of their Bonner experience.
Leaving a Legacy: Students will hone skills for post-graduate goals and leverage the national Bonner network.