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    • 1. The Bonner Program: Cornerstone Activities “Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve” A program of: The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation 10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 fax For more information, please visit our website at
    • 2. Cornerstone Activities: Overview • Recruitment & Selection • Orientation • First-Year Trip • Recommitment Exercise • Second-Year Exchange • Summer of Service • Third-Year Leadership • Senior Capstone • Summer Service Placement
    • 3. Cornerstone Activities: Overview • Resources • Best Practices • Self-Assessment & Evaluation
    • 4. Cornerstone Activities: Recruitment & Selection • Fully engage the admissions and financial aid office • Develop materials that include accurate and inspiring information about Bonner • Create a selection process that involves students and community leaders • Consider inviting and interviewing applicants on campus • Design process so Bonner serves as a yield tool • “You can do your work now or do your work later.”
    • 5. Cornerstone Activities: Orientation • Orientation occurs before the beginning of school and other first year activities • Full agenda (a minimum of two full days) to offer opportunities for fellowship, team building, training and inspiration • Consider having at least part of it off campus • By end of orientation students should know what they are getting into and have their fall placement established. • Engage upper class students and community leaders in orientation • “Just remember where you start has a lot to do with where you end up.”
    • 6. Cornerstone Activities: First Year Service Trip • Plan for after school year finishes • Book end the first year orientation • Time to rebuild community • Encounter a community of difference • Chance away from campus to reflect on the past year. • Time to plan for the upcoming year both individuals and as a class. • “Few want to do this event, but everyone is glad they did it”
    • 7. Cornerstone Activities: Second-Year Exchange • Awareness of the larger Bonner network • Engaging in a different culture (don’t just go next door or to a school just like your own) • Exchange of program ideas and sharing of best practice • Opportunity for personal and group growth • Role as a member of a larger student movement • “What you put into this is what you will get out of it.”
    • 8. Cornerstone Activities:: Summer of Service Connect passion and interests • A summer placement should connect with what a student has been • doing and what they hope to do when they return Full time service Emersion service experience for an extended time • Develop skills and contacts that will be helpful when they return to • school Explore career opportunities and future decision-making • Build strong resume • Do something and go somewhere they otherwise might not have • done Don’t over-rely on summer camp placements • “Summer Placements can be the most profound experience of a college • career.”
    • 9. Cornerstone Activities: Recommitment Exercise • Establish as an expectation of this event from the beginning • Be clear that renewal is not automatic, it is earned • Students reflect on the first half of their experience • Plot a course for the sound half of their experience • Create an honorable way out for students to leave — whose interests have changed, who never quite knew what they were getting into, or who never quite stepped up to the challenge • “Being in the Bonner Program is a privilege, not a right.”
    • 10. Cornerstone Activities: Third Year Leadership • Undertake an identifiable leadership role on campus connecting the community • Take responsibility for involving other students • Collaborate with other student leaders • Work with other student leaders to plan campus wide service program. Participate in planning and leading Bonner Program activities • Connect relationships outside of Bonner program (fraternity, team, etc) with service activities • “Serving in a leadership role is both an expectation and a requirement.”
    • 11. Cornerstone Activities: Senior Presentation of Leadership • Culmination of service worth thought-out college • Articulate personal growth and community impact • Connect a significant level of engagement to the issue / agency works with (writing a grant, oral history, annual report, community based research project) • Present findings to the Bonner community • Documentation should be such that it can be left behind for others to use and learn from • “The SPS is not just an after dinner speech or a scrap book. It is a tool for reflection, development and capturing a journey of served e that is ongoing.”
    • 12. Cornerstone Activities: Resources & Best Practices Bonner Partners • Implementation Guides: • - Co-Curricular — Orientation,Trip, Exchange - Community Partnerships — Third Year Leadership - Vocation — Recommitment, Senior Presentation In Good Form sample forms • Recipes for Change: Building a Strong Bonner Program • Funding: • • Bonner Summer Service funding (where available) • Bonner Junior/Senior Leadership Fund (where available) Summer Leadership Institute — All Bonner Service Option •
    • 13. Cornerstone Activities: Relevant Self-Assessment Items First-Year Service Trip: Successfully takes first-year (and/or new) Bonners through an immersion experience in a different context, including preparatory educational, service, reflection, and group building activities Second-Year Exchange: Effectively provides an opportunity for students to come together with students from another campus for an experience involving reflection, action, and/or education that also provide a larger context for students’ understanding Third-Year/Upper-Level Leadership: Opportunities and structures for third-year or upper-level leadership in the Bonner Program; students’ effectively demonstrate civic leadership (committees, Congress, class projects, project coordinator roles, mentorship, and reflection) Senior Capstone Experience: Students have a capstone-level experience in the fourth year; students create a final presentation of learning.
    • 14. Cornerstone Activities: Best Practices & Examples • Jim Ellison, Laughlin Chapel • Kevin Buechler, Davidson College • Laura Megivern, Johnson State University • Rina Tovar, Stetson University
    • 15. Student Development: First Year Trip • Tips: • Use resources: • The Basics: • Involve students • Bonner • Full immersion—service, in pre-trip Partners (found culture, learning—for the learning and online) can be class of students in a new planning actively involved place and context • Teamwork, • Co-Curricular • Build around deeper community Implementation themes (e.g., poverty, building, and guide—section global) that also connect resolving on Trip to home context conflicts are a • In Good Form • Have the key elements part of an samples planned in advance— effective trip housing, service project, • Recipe for • Connect service transportation, Change with policy or reflection, intentional broader analysis learning
    • 16. Student Development: Second Year Exchange • Tips: • Use resources: • The Basics: • Involve • Second Year • Team up with one or Congress or Exchange more campuses and student leaders Guide, under design full immersion— in planning Useful service, learning, analysis Documents —building on First Year • Can be a (online) Trip sophomore class project • In Good Form • Spark students’ samples knowledge and interest in • Design activities the student service that emphasize • All Bonner movement cross-campus Service Event and big vision option (at SLI) • Learn unique and best learning elements about each other’s campus and Bonner Program
    • 17. Student Development: Third-Year Leadership • Use resources: • The Basics: • Tips: • Utilize available • Third-year students need • Third-years can funding, like Jr/ structured options for play many roles Sr Leadership leadership—project in mentoring and Fund or coordinator roles, leading peers innovation Congress, Student • Take advantage grants Leadership Team of national • Project • Juniors can design and networking Coordinator implement a campus- opportunities guide wide project (through (conferences, class meetings) Congress) • Congress webpages, • Third-year should Facebook, communicate higher Student Best expectations for Practices students’ skills and leadership
    • 18. Student Development: Senior Presentation of Learning • Tips: • Use resources: • The Basics: • Build planning • Guidelines and • Seniors create innovative into Senior modules in presentations that Class Meetings Vocation represent their or even a Implementation internalization of the Retreat Guide Bonner experience • Build delivery • In Good Form • Structured guidelines into Awards examples encourage students to Ceremony and articulate their service • Student Essays campus-wide and developmental and other programming journey reflections • Integrate family • Presentations generate and partners inspiration and energy for other Bonners, community, and campus
    • 19. Student Development: Summer Service • Tips: • Use resources: • The Basics: • Utilize the • In Good Form— • Students identify a full- Bonner examples of time internship that Partners to Summer Service builds into their overall identify good placement Bonner experience options documents • Placement process meets • Integrate into • Recipes for the same standards as advising and Change rest of partnerships— other meetings examples strategic, developmental, strong CLAs, use BWBRS • Move beyond • Bonner Partner low-level database • Staff and student work placements together to solidify • Bonner funds summer placement where available