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Implementation Guides

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These implementation guides were designed to capture the best practices from campuses across the network for organizing and carrying out all of the components of the Bonner Scholars and Leaders Program.  Staff and students from many campuses contributed great ideas on everything from running a great Service Trip to advising through 1-to-1 meetings.  Implementation Guides are meaty resources—not just overviews of the frameworks.  They also contain examples, forms, documents, and other handouts your program may find useful. 


Structure BLP Start Up | Recruitment Guide |  Campus Infrastructure Guide  |  Bonner Program Guidelines
Management Bonner AmeriCorps | BWBRS Help Guide BWBRS Management & Accountability | Social Media Tools
Student Development

Co-Curricular  | Curricular  | Advising | Vocation  

Community Partnerships Community Partnerships | Community Fund


Click on the main link below to access the Implementation Guide you're looking for.  These are in alphabetical order below. 


  • Advising (Student Development) — Advising is critical to the success of a student's Bonner Program experience. Through advising students gain a sense of connection with the Program, which works to support his or her commitment to Bonner for two to four years. Students will also gain a stronger sense of his or her values, talents, skills, and leadership style. This type of growth often happens in the context of one-on-one relationships with staff members, but other types of interaction should not be excluded. Advising happens in small groups in many places. Students may also serve as advisors to other students, especially veteran Bonner participants to their new Bonner peers.  


  • BLP Start UP — A Bonner Leader Program Start-Up is aimed at new campuses who want to to jump-start the planning process and create a new Bonner Program. We recommend that interested campuses review the Guide and then contact Robert Hackett (rhackett@bonner.org) for more information.


  • Bonner AmeriCorps — The Bonner AmeriCorps Education Award Initiative is an exciting way for campuses to further support their Bonner Scholars and Bonner Leaders participating in Programs around the country. The Bonner Network is the recipient of a grant from the Corporation for National Community Service that provides us with nearly 1,000 AmeriCorps Education Awards annually.  


  • BWBRS — An online users guide for the Bonner Web-Based Reporting System. Currently this links to a webpage giving detailed instructions on BWBRS 2.0 use. This guide can also be accessed through BWBRS (check out the link in the top right of each BWBRS page). Be on the lookout for BWBRS 3.0, currently in the final stages of implementation.   


  • BWBRS Management & Accountability Guide — How do programs set the expectations and manage students to successfully utilize BWBRS according to program guidelines? What do staff do to manage and provide effective oversight?  This guide covers some recommendations.  



  • Community Fund Guide — Some recommended structures, processes, rules, and promotion ideas so that students make the most of the Community Fund to build the capacity of their local non-profit community partners and their work.   



  • Co-Curricular and Cornerstone Activities (Student Development) — The backbone, along with service, of the Bonner Program. This area, co-curricular, represents the area where program staff have the most impact on the shape of the learning experience of their Bonner Students. Also called the Cornerstone Activities, these include: Freshman Orientation First Year Trip Second Year Exchange Small Group Meetings  All Bonner Meeting Through these activities, the program takes on an identity and purpose for its students. Co-Curricular programing supplements the Bonner Program's developmental goals through issue-oriented and educational programs and skill-building opportunities. Use this Implementation Guide as a starting point for developing your own co-curricular resources.  


  • Curricular (Student Development) — A collection of resources gathered by the Bonner Foundation for connecting student service with your college's faculty and curriculum.  This includes a comprehensive introduction to the model for a Civic Engagement Minor/Certificate, for which the Bonner Foundation and about 15 partner campuses developed a model with the support of FIPSE.    


  • Recruitment Guide — Ideally, recruitment of Bonner Scholars is integrated into the regular admission process at Bonner schools so that the Bonner scholarship can be used as a recruitment tool. For a detailed discussion on how these two processes, Bonner recruitment and college admissions, can be coordinated, consult the Bonner Scholars Program Rules and the Bonner Director's Handbook. For Recruitment tips and Bonner Example Practices/Resources then consult this guide.   Vocation (Student Development) Bonner students begin both their Program experience and their college careers with exploration. These two to four (five) years represent a time to examine their community and discover their talents, skills, and 'mission'. By the end of the second year, most Scholars will have a major declared and will begin focussing on their career. The quest that they have embarked on is a quest of vocational discernment, a process that we hope their Bonner experience will influence. 


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