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    • 1. The Bonner Program: Service Placements “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. The Bonner Program: Leveraging Broader Impact Academic Connections Campus-Wide FIPSE Civic Campus-Wide Engagement Minor Center Bonner Program Learn & Serve Institutional CBR/ Support Recruitment Training Community National Cornerstone Service Partnerships Community Activities Bonner Co-Educators AmeriCorps (National & NJ) National Bonner Site-Based Teams Gatherings
    • 3. Service Placements: Overview • Overview Community Partnership Model • Steps in the Process • Identifying & Orienting Partners • Administrative management • Supervising placements • Partners as Co-Educators • Evaluation • Awards/Recognition • • Resources • Best Practices • Self-Assessment & Evaluation
    • 4. Service Placements: Community Partnership Model Site- Based Team
    • 5. Service Placements: Developmental Nature of Placements Expertise - specialist Placements evolve to • Culminating project or capstone • Academic connection offer increasing • Future-focused complexity and Example - site/project coordinator responsibility • Continued focus • Project/Site Coordinator • Possible third summer (abroad or career connection) Experience - regular volunteer • Development of greater focus • Commitment to one agency and type of placement • Sophomore Exchange • Summer in a new geographical area Exploration - occasional volunteer • Exposure to the neighborhood, agencies, issue areas and types of placements • First-Year Service Trip • Summer in the hometown
    • 6. Service Placements: Developmental + Capacity Building Placements TYPE OF WORK DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE: Education Steering a five-year strategic Students involved in strategic Vision/Strategy plan for the school’s planning, visioning for future work immunization program Expertise Students involved in grant writing, Writing a Healthy Start grant; Fundraising financial partnerships creating a corporate partnership Students involved in community- Interviewing families about Research / Writing / based research that answers an health care needs and Academic Work identified community question developing a written paper Brokering relationships with Students involved in broader Outreach/Public Relations other non-profits for expanding community development work health services for children Students involved in managing other Managing a corps of regular Project Coordination volunteers or staff volunteers New Program Students involved in creating a new Creating a Family Involvement Development program or service Program Improving Existing Students involved in expanding or Curriculum development Services improving a key service area Explore Students involved in sustained Regular Volunteer Work Tutoring a child in the classroom volunteer activity over a semester Playground Build Students involved in short-term One-time Service Projects service project or meeting a need Family Fair
    • 7. Service Placements: Campus Administrator Monitoring & Reporting Prepare Student Member Profiles Enrollment BWBRS Agency Service Training & Profiles Opportunities Enrichment Monitor Community Service Hour Logs Learning & Approve Accomplishments Agreements
    • 8. Service Placements: Student Reporting Community CLA Review Learning (1 on 1 Advising) Agreement Service Hour Logs Accomplishments
    • 9. Service Placements: Sequence Agency Site Campus Director/ Step Student Supervisor Coordinator Each Semester/Summer: Update BWBRS Agency, Prepare Bonner Web- Service Opportunity, and Based Reporting Training & Enrichment Profiles System (BWBRS) Each Semester & Summer: Sign printed Community Sign Community Learning Enter & print CLA in Learning Agreement Agreements Community Learning BWBRS Electronically approve Agreement CLAs in BWBRS Each Week: Enter Hours in Sign printed Monthly Sign printed Monthly Hour BWBRS Hours Log Report Log Reports Hour Logs Monthly: Print Hour Log Electronically approve Report Hour Log entries in BWBRS End of Semester: Sign printed Service Approve & Sign Service Log & Print Service Accomplishments Report Accomplishments Report Service Accomplishments in Accomplishments BWBRS
    • 10. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Log-in
    • 11. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Navigation
    • 12. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Online Help
    • 13. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Student Profiles List
    • 14. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Student Profile
    • 15. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Student Enrollment
    • 16. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Agency Profile
    • 17. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Service Opportunity Profile
    • 18. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Training & Enrichment Profile
    • 19. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Community Learning Agreement
    • 20. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Hour Log Entry Form
    • 21. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Hour Log Report
    • 22. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Service Accomplishments
    • 23. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — Monitor Hour Log Status
    • 24. Service Placements: BWBRS Screen — AmeriCorps Member Tracking
    • 25. Service Placements: Summary — Steps in the Process Placement Process Steps: Resources: • Bonner Handbook • Agencies submit Requests for Partnerships and all relevant Service Opportunity job descriptions. —Comprehensive Placement Process • Students review the BWBRS Service Opportunity job descriptions to identify a placement. • CLA Quickstart Guide • Student and agency site supervisor complete the BWBRS Community Learning Agreement, including the student’s • Creating Service service objectives for the semester or summer. Objectives Training Module • Student records service and training/enrichment hours in the BWBRS Hours Log, submitting signed Hours Logs • At the end of each semester or summer, the students summarize the impact of their service activities in the BWBRS Service Accomplishments log. • Finally, the student and agency site supervisor complete Community Learning Agreement Review at the end of each semester or summer.
    • 26. Service Placements: Summary — Campus Administrator Resources: Recommendations: • Sample Calendar— • Verifying Placements and monthly guidelines Securing Hours for reporting • Community Partner • Transportation arrangements Implementation Guide—sections on and procedures management • Hour Logs • AmeriCorps Logs
    • 27. Service Placements: Identifying Partners Resources: Recommendations: • Bonner Handbook • Select organizations with strong staff and the capacity to host Bonner students • Community Partnerships • Organize around the place (asset Implementation mapping) or prominent issues and Guide themes • In Good Form • Utilize written materials examples - Higher level application for • Create a binder for partners using committed, multi-year sites samples - Simple application or form for • Bonner WBRS occasional sites • Input each partner into BWBRS (identify level, type, mission, projects, placements)
    • 28. Service Placements: Selecting Committed Sites Recommendations: Resources: • Community • Consider capacity building and the Partnerships developmental model as frameworks Implementation Guide—detailed • Have a mix of partners at all levels— guidelines, forms identify 4-12 committed sites • Create a binder for partners • Make site visits in the summer to solidify arrangements
    • 29. Service Placements: Inappropriate Activities • All Bonners - For-profit companies - Limited office administrative work to 20% (e.g., filing, copying, answering phones, etc.) - Scientific research in a lab - Religious training or proselytizing - Military service • Bonner AmeriCorps Members - lobbying - international service - limited fundraising (10%) - other restrictions listed in Prohibited Activities Form
    • 30. Service Placements: Organize Bonner Orientation for Partners Recommendations: Resources: • Community • Have time set aside; build this into Partnerships program expectations Implementation Guide • Introduce Bonner Program structure; • Sample calendar— Bonner volunteers can commit to a annual timeline longer time frame and higher level • Utilize other work schools in the network, i.e., Berea • Introduce the developmental model • Provide a binder or written materials • Set out communication expectations • Talk about appropriate and inappropriate service projects
    • 31. Service Placements: Partners as Co-Educators Recommendations: Resources: • Community • Invite the partner to be involved in an Bonner Partnerships Orientation, Retreats, Meetings Implementation Guide—full section • Invite the partner to present to your class (if you are faculty) or connect with a faculty • Sample calendar— member annual timeline • Other schools • Gather information from partners about topics examples, i.e., Mars that they would be willing and able to provide Hill training • Encourage a partner to help articulate an agenda for research or shape the project • Gather information from partners about what skills and topics they would like to see students receive training
    • 32. Service Placements: Supervising Placements Resources: Recommendations: • Community • Set clear expectations with partners about Partnerships what their management roles are and how Implementation to respond when there are issues Guide—sections with forms and • Utilize materials on topics like: details Rights & Responsibilities of Partners • Bonner WBRS - Above Suspicion Policy • Bonner Handbook - Informed Consent - Volunteer Retention - Handling Problems - • Design & implement a communication strategy that keeps you in touch with partners and an open door to you
    • 33. Service Placements: Evaluation Resources: Recommendations: • Community • Written evaluations should be carried out Partnerships each semester—these are completed by Implementation Guide—sections both partner supervisor and student with sample evaluations • Use the sample evaluation materials from • Advising the Community Partner Implementation Implementation Guide Guide • Integrate information from evaluations into your 1 on 1 advising and other meetings • Utilize information annually with partners when you solidify next year’s arrangements
    • 34. Service Placements: Awards & Recognition Resources: Recommendations: • Community • Have a formal Awards Program at least Partnerships annually Implementation Guide—section on Awards & • Ceremonies can build campus-wide and Recognition community-wide visibility, recognition and support • Have students involved in personalized recognition and thanks to partners • Informal recognition should also happen consistently
    • 35. Service Placements: Resources • Bonner Handbook—Comprehensive Placement Process • Community Partnerships Implementation Guide • In Good Form samples • Bonner Web-Based Reporting System (BWBRS) • Recipes for Change • Community Fund
    • 36. Service Placements: Self-Assessment and Evaluation Bonner Community Partner Selection: appropriate, effective strategy for selecting or confirming community partners; annual planning, including in written form (applications or agreements); orientation for partners around the Bonner Program Developmental Model in Place: mix of community partners offer developmental student service placements; integration into partner orientation, materials, selection process, and ongoing management; coding of agencies and in students’ CLAs in the reporting in BWBRS. Community Partner Communication and Management: consistent communication with community partners; at least one annual site visit; communication at least each semester or more often BWBRS Administrator Usage: staff use Bonner Web-Based Reporting System (BWBRS) effectively BWBRS Student Usage: students use Bonner Web-Based Reporting System (BWBRS) effectively Partners as Co-Educators: engage community partners as co-educators; community partners are informed and engaged in providing training, orientation, guidance, and structured learning opportunities to students Site-Based Model and Project Coordinators: utilize a site-based partnership model, with some sites identified as longer- term or multi-year; have teams at sites with a (student) project/site coordinator Partner Evaluation Process: implement partner evaluation process; formal (written) evaluation and feedback at least once each year; ongoing informal opportunities for feedback and recognition Awards and Recognition: institution recognizes contributions and achievements of students and community members through awards and other recognition initiatives. Community voice and involvement: accessible channels by which community individuals and/or agencies can be involved in contributing to, designing, carrying out, and/or evaluating academic, research and service-learning activities; representation on institutional boards, presenting to classes, teaching, and shaping the research agenda
    • 37. Service Placements: Best Practices • Rina Tovar, Jessily Ramirez, and Kevin Winchell, Community Asset Mapping • Jim Ellison, Laughlin Memorial Chapel