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Community Partners and Impact

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The Bonner Community Partnership Model


Well-developed community partnerships are necessary for creating change within our local communities, nation, and even world. The Bonner Program rests on a commitment to meaningful, long-term service commitments to the partners and communities with which we work. These relationships are intended to be intentional and reciprocal. Each campus program develops a long-term approach, working with key partners year after year.  This dedication to our partners promotes more significant change, resource development, and capacity building in our communities—as well as allows for personal and professional growth for each volunteer.   Read more here.   


Guide to Capacity Building Positions


Quick Start Guide for Community Partnerships


1)  Make sure you understand the key concepts.  You might review the following:

 Community Partnerships1.pdf 

 Community Partnerships2.pdf 


2) Make a list of partners that you believe are the strongest sites for Bonner Scholars/Leaders and other long-term student volunteers.  Then, review BWBRS to read the placement descriptions and briefly catalog the types of placements these partners are offering.  Use this worksheet:

Worksheet-CommPartners1.doc.  Make a plan for how you want to focus your work with these strongest partners.


3)  Identify partners with whom you want to meet to discuss and plan site- and/or issue-based teams.  Here, complete worksheet (part 2).  Also, you can utilize the handouts in the Implementation Guide to create a set of materials for the partners and walk through them.  Here are a few helpful documents for this purpose:

A word document covering the 5 E’s, Common Commitments, skills, campus roadmap (to be customized), student profiles, and activities Community Partners can do.


4)  Finally, make sure that you update BWBRS to reflect this planning and strengthening of placements.  You may want students and/or partner staff to take a look at this worksheet to help you improve CLAs.

Bonner Admin Guide:  Writing Great Position Descriptions

Bonner Admin Worksheet: CLAs - Making Them Great 



Introductory Toolkit for Partners

Want to solidify a new partner or introduce a current partner to other aspects of your program's work (like CBR or a small site team)?  Here are a few resources, which you may customize.

  • Bonner Brochure: a great communications and marketing tool for your program and for starting a conversation with a potential community partner. This simple 1-pager introduces the Bonner Program model.
  • Partnership Workbook: a companion to the brochure, this workbook allows you to walk a potential community partner through the guidelines of the Bonner Program and what it may mean for their organization. This workbook can be reviewed in a meeting setting, and should take about 20-30 minutes to complete.
  • Semester Plan: if the community organization is interested in the partnership, this document can be left behind for them to complete and return to solidify their placement requests. It involves service placement details for students and visionary sections as well, which strategize about the future of the partnership.



More Implementation Guides for Community Partnerships

Implementation Guides provide easy-to-use and understand resources for campus programs.  In this case, staff may wan to utilize the content of the guides and handouts below to educate community partners about the program model and work with them to fully leverage the engagement of student volunteers. Create a binder, orientation, training sessions, and meetings from these materials.   This information is organized into several headings, each of which contains helpful text, sample documents, and templates you can use:


Additional Resources


Below are the powerpoints, handouts, and worksheets from the New Bonner Directors & Coordinators Meeting, which are excellent resources for getting familiar with the full model, frameworks, management strategies, and best practices.  


Community Partnerships — Part I : Community Partnerships, Placements, CLAs, and BWBRS 


Community Partnerships — Part 2 : Site-Based Teams, Issues, CBR, & PolicyOptions




Additional Training Guides & Resources


  • Community Asset Mapping

    • Community Asset Mapping: Stetson University guide to community asset mapping.

      • Example of Google Map prepared by Colorado College VISTA member

    • Communities That Care:  Communities That Care is a system developed by J. David Hawkins and Richard F. Catalano that empowers communities to use advances from prevention science to guide their prevention efforts.  The CTC Prevention Strategies Guide lists fifty-six tested and effective prevention programs and policies shown to increase protective factors, reduce risk factors and reduce adolescent problem behaviors in well controlled studies. These are the preventive interventions recommended in the Communities That Care system.  The remaining documents on this web site are the complete trainers’ and participants’ manuals for the six Communities That Care training events through which Communities That Care is installed in communities. The order in which these training events are conducted is described in Investing in Your Community’s Youth.

    • Search Institute:  The Search Institute engages in multiple types of research in an effort to understand young people, their communities, and the people who influence them. This research includes ground-breaking studies on child and adolescent development, family life, and community and social change.

    • "An Introduction to Community Development" By Rhonda Phillips, Robert H. Pittman on pages 38-40. 

  • Site-Team model worksheet/planning process
  • Assessment



Implementation Guide on Community Partnerships   

Bonner Program Service Trips

Summer Fellowship Program

International Partnerships

Service Abroad Handbook


Campus-Community Partnerships

Comprehensive Placement Process

Collaborative Community Problem-Solving


Community Partnerships —  Eighty percent of students' work in the Bonner Program is doing service.  To do this well, This multi-faceted Implementation Guide contains a lot of helpful information related to managing community partnerships, including documents that you can provide Community Partners (e.g., in a binder or orientation event) to orient them to the Bonner Program.  This information is organized into several headings, each of which contains helpful text, sample documents, and templates you can use: 

Introducing Bonner to Community Partners 

Establishing and Managing Partnerships 

Engaging Partners as Co-Educators 

Developing Placements on Multiple Levels 

Using Site-Based Teams and Project Coordinators 

Building Non-Profit Capacity Supervising Placements 

Administrative Management 

Evaluation & Recognition 

Other Resources   



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