Bonner AmeriCorps Program Overview

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Bonner AmeriCorps Program Overview

  1. 1. The Bonner Program: Bonner AmeriCorps 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 www.bonner.org “Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve”
  2. 2. What is AmeriCorps?
  3. 3. www.bonner.org • National service program offering Education Awards to students who complete all hours required by an AmeriCorps Member Contract • Funded federally - Implemented locally • Managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Bonner AmeriCorps: What is AmeriCorps?
  4. 4. Why Bonner AmeriCorps?
  5. 5. www.bonner.org Bonner AmeriCorps: Education Awards 25% Term 1-Year Minimum 1-Year Quarter 2-Year Half-time Hours 300 450 900 Ed Award $1,175 $1,468 $2,775
  6. 6. www.bonner.org $0 $6,250 $12,500 $18,750 $25,000 Two 900-hr Terms Bonner AmeriCorps: Financial Assistance Ed Award ($5,550) Typical Education Loans ($25,000) 22%
  7. 7. Implementation
  8. 8. www.bonner.org Bonner AmeriCorps Implementation: Five Management Phases 1. Recruit eligible students 2. Orient and enroll new Members 3. Place all Members in eligible positions at approved service sites 4.Track and evaluate Member progress 5. Exit Members within 30 days of last service day
  9. 9. www.bonner.org Bonner AmeriCorps Implementation: Wiki Guides
  10. 10. Phase 1 Recruiting Eligible Students
  11. 11. www.bonner.org Recruiting Eligible Students: Overview What makes a student eligible to enroll? ✓ Must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident ‣ Documentation of eligibility is required ✓ Other considerations: ‣ Does student have a strong interest in serving in the U.S. at an AmeriCorps-eligible site or ‣ Does the student plan to go abroad soon? Eligible Placement + Eligible Person = AmeriCorps
  12. 12. www.bonner.org Recruiting Eligible Students: Step-by-Step Guide
  13. 13. Phase 2 Enrollment & Orientation
  14. 14. www.bonner.org Enrollment & Orientation: Overview 1. Campus staff facilitate the pre-enrollment Bonner AmeriCorps Application Process with potential Members 2. Campus staff host the required Bonner AmeriCorps Orientation 3. During Orientation, Members complete the AmeriCorps Enrollment Workbook 4. Campus Staff complete Member Enrollment Checklist 5. Immediately mail Enrollment Packet to Foundation
  15. 15. www.bonner.org Enrollment and Orientation: Step-by-Step Guide
  16. 16. Phase 3 Eligible Placements
  17. 17. www.bonner.org Eligible Placements: Overview AmeriCorps members should be serving in placements that: ✓ Focus on direct service ✓ Benefit the local community (outreach) to meet essential needs
  18. 18. www.bonner.org Eligible Placements: Ineligible vs Eligible for AmeriCorps Positions that are not OK OK Influences legislation or serves an elected official Provides education for the public International service or international beneficiaries Benefits community members in the U.S. Benefits campus community (in-reach) Benefits the local community (out-reach) Indirect service focus (placement is primarily fundraising, administrative, clerical or custodial) Directly addresses needs of community members in the U.S. Religious or evangelical components (proselytizing) Reflection on service accomplishments ✓ All positions in BWBRS should be reviewed for AmeriCorps-eligibility before Members are placed at any community partner sites.
  19. 19. www.bonner.org Eligible Placements: Step-by-Step Guide
  20. 20. Phase 4 Tracking Members
  21. 21. www.bonner.org Tracking Members: Overview 21 Step 1 - Bring Hour Log Approvals up to date Step 2 - Review Case Management Reports Step 3 - Review Bonner AmeriCorps Hours Remaining Report Step 4 - Complete Mid-Term Evaluations
  22. 22. www.bonner.org Tracking Members: Step-by-Step Guide
  23. 23. Phase 5 Exiting Members
  24. 24. www.bonner.org Exiting Members: Overview 1. Resolve all open cases 2. Hour Log Analysis Tab to confirm hours have all been “eSigned” & approved on all levels 3. Confirm hour logs approved in proper order 4. Complete required Member Evaluation(s) in BWBRS 5. Have Member fill out, sign & date AmeriCorps Exit Form 6. Complete Exit Check List 7. Mail Exit Packet to Foundation immediately after completion!
  25. 25. www.bonner.org Exiting Members: Step-by-Step Guide
  26. 26. www.bonner.org Where Do I Find Resources?

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