Above are the two things I heard the most this two weekends ago at one of the Bonner Foundation’s annual conferences, Bonner Congress. Two-four representatives from each of the 70+ Bonner Colleges come to the host school to develop a big idea project for their program, receive feedback and network with other Bonners.
The Bonner Leader Program is a service-learning and leadership program that allows students to promote social justice through their intern-like experience with local non-profit and community-based organizations. Since we are in our first semester here at HPU, the six of us building the foundation of our program have all been focusing on being comfortable with our roles at each community partner, understanding what the goals are, what is expected of us and what we can contribute.
I specifically work at HPU’s newest addition, the Community Writing Center, about a mile away from campus! This CWC is open Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5pm for elementary school students. I currently work with children in first through fifth grade and the service learning students from HPU twice a week (one of the other Bonners works Tuesday/Thursday with a separate group of kids.) The first half hour is an educational (reading, writing or comprehension) activity, followed by an hour of homework help and reading/writing development.
There are other “service sites” in the community that our other 4 Bonners work at in the High Point community as well. To keep up with what we’re doing, like “HPU Service Learning and Bonner Leaders” on Facebook!