background★Started in 1997 OATH OF DUTY★Congress has Developed in 1998 by Congress "I pledge to do my best to represent expanded and serve my peers in the Bonner Program. I promise to help shape and articulate the visions and policies of the★Bonner Scholar program as well as promote communication and sharing of ideas and Leader equity between consortium schools. I, as a representative of the Bonner Student Congress, understand that my role is★Core source of significant not only to my peers, but to the entire program. I will do my utmost student voice & in spreading knowledge and understanding of the program leadership whenever I am needed."
planning strategies★Summer Interns★Leadership Team★Network Participation★Real Roles★Tied to Real Work• Common Commitments (2000)• Voter Education (2004)• Action Teams (2006)
must do’s★ Communicate the role — REPRESENT!★ Leadership & skill Development★ Model best of Bonner★ Build sense of national network★ Safe social activities★ Housing
nice to do’s★City or local immersion★Service★Scavenger hunts★Games★Social media★Talent / dances
Your stories★Favorite moments★Programming you remember★Informal things you remember★A wish
what we want★ Increased student buy-in★ Focus on speciﬁc projects★ Connected to issues★ Structure of National Congress Meetings★ More committed participants
big idea theme 2011★ Roosevelt Institute★ Think 2040 Sessions★ Blueprint Report★ Projects that lead to “vision”★ Speciﬁc categories TBD We are a student policy organization that engages new generations in a unique form of progressive activism that empowers young people as leaders and promotes their ideas for change.
what we need to achieve★ Committed, motivated Congress Representatives★ A meeting that leads to action on campus★ Increased support for Congress Representatives★ More follow-through communication within the National Network
how do we make this work?★What can and will YOU do? ★ Demonstrating the project for Rider ★ Team Facilitation Roles — Interests? ★ Individual Ideas