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Bonner Strategic Community Partnerships

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Bonner Strategic Community Partnerships

  1. 1. The Bonner Program: Strategic Community Partnerships “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 www.bonner.org
  2. 2. Strategic Community Partnerships: Overview • Overview Site (or Issue) -Based Teams - Roles - Long-Term Strategic Partnerships - • Resources • Best Practices • Self-Assessment & Evaluation www.bonner.org
  3. 3. Strategic Community Partnerships: Community Partnership Model Site- Based Team www.bonner.org
  4. 4. Strategic Community Partnerships: Type of Work Type of Work Expertise Vision/Strategy Fundraising Research / Writing /Academic Work Outreach/Public Relations Project Coordination New Program Development Improving Existing Services Regular Volunteer Work Explore One-time Service Projects www.bonner.org
  5. 5. Strategic Community Partnerships: Site-Based Team — Team Roles Team Roles Expectations • attends summer orientation Agency Site Supervisor • collaborates on developing annual site-based plan (lead agency/site administrator working with site coordinator) • meets regularly with site coordinator • collaborates on developing annual site-based plan Student Site Coordinator • meets regularly with site supervisor (responsible for managing partnership with the school & serves • leads weekly site-based student team meetings as link to campus director or coordinator) • meets regularly with site coordinator Student Project Coordinator • develops project plan (responsible for particular project or event at the school) • recruits & supervises volunteers for project • attend weekly site/project team meetings Regular Volunteers • volunteer at site (responsible for particular project within the school) Occassional Volunteers • volunteer at site (serve at one-time events at the school) www.bonner.org
  6. 6. Strategic Community Partnerships: Site-Based Team — Campus Staff Roles Campus Director & Coordinator Roles in supporting.... • organize summer orientation Agency Site Supervisor • advise on annual site-based plan development (lead agency/site administrator working with site coordinator) • connect faculty members & courses • train & meet regularly with site coordinators Student Site Coordinator • advise on annual site-based plan development (responsible for managing partnership with the school & serves • collaborate with site coordinators to train project as link to campus director or coordinator) coordinators & regular volunteers • assist with project coordinator training Student Project Coordinator • advisory role as needed (responsible for particular project or event at the school) • assist with regular volunteer training (e.g., Bonner Regular Volunteers trainings) (responsible for particular project within the school) • advisory role as needed www.bonner.org
  7. 7. Strategic Community Partnerships: Site-Based Teams — Organization Structure Faculty, Campus Center Community Administrators & Staff Advisory Board Other Offices Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Smith Elementary Soup Kitchen WaterWatch Adult Education School Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Homeless Shelter Senior Center Immigrant Services www.bonner.org
  8. 8. Strategic Community Partnerships: Site-Based Teams — Advantages • Easier to manage placements, partnership & trainings • Clear path for student development • Structure enables deeper partnerships • Work each year builds on prior year www.bonner.org
  9. 9. Strategic Community Partnerships: Long-Term Partnerships — Elijiah’s Promise Example • Beginning: traditional soup kitchen placement • Later: - community asset mapping project to identify local food distributors - survey of client identified need for bag lunches - researched model programs - implemented new bag lunch program • Current: - examine nutritional value of menu - hired Bonner grads to work at Elijiah’s Promise www.bonner.org
  10. 10. Service Placements: Self-Assessment and Evaluation 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 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 www.bonner.org
  11. 11. Strategic Partnerships: Resources • Bonner Handbook • Community Partnerships Implementation Guide • In Good Form samples • Civic Engagement Training Modules (Site & Project Coordinator Training, etc.) • Bonner Web-Based Reporting System (BWBRS) • “Recipes for Change” • Community Fund www.bonner.org
  12. 12. Strategic Partnerships: Best Practices • Kevin Buechler, Davidson College • Laura Megivern, Johnson State University www.bonner.org
  13. 13. Strategic Community Partnerships: Site/Issue Based Teams — Summary • Use resources: • Recommendations: • Community • Organize around sites with multiple volunteers or Partnerships issues (i.e., hunger) with a few sites and multiple Implementation volunteers Guide—full • You can have students’ actively involved in section transitioning to this model; engage them in strategic • Sample calendar work and goal-setting as teams (TCNJ example) —annual timeline • Other schools examples, i.e., Mars Hill www.bonner.org
  14. 14. Strategic Community Partnerships: Project Coordinators — Summary • Use resources: • Recommendations: • Community • Consider having a Project/Site Coordinator Partnerships anywhere with greater than 4 volunteers Implementation • Identify at least a few partners with whom you are Guide—full ready to engage in this way section • Review the samples materials and modify • Sample Project Coordinator • Formally provide materials and information in training agenda writing and in person and tips • Make sure you are implementing your • Relevant Civic developmental model in a way that prepares a Engagement cohort of students to be Project Coordinators training modules • Identify some students who may want to take on this role and chart out a strategy www.bonner.org

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