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National Bonner Program Network

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About the Bonner Program Network


 

 

About the Bonner Program Network

What are we talking about when we mention a network? Why should I be concerned with anyone outside my own school?

 

The Bonner Program is more than a community of students across the country doing service in the towns and cities near their colleges and universities. In many ways, it is a result of a broader educational and student movement that has worked for more than 20 years to bring about greater youth and student participation in service and civic engagement, as well as greater civic responsibility by colleges and universities.  The Bonner Program now works with more than 3,000 students at 80 (and growing) institutions who are directly involved in their towns and cities through volunteer service. Bonner represents a community of students who make up a movement. This movement is the voice of today's youth and young adults standing up to create change. If we don't take the opportunity to connect and amplify our work—not only with other Bonners but also with other student and youth organizations—then we may fail to make the nation-wide impact that is possible by working together. The Bonner Program Network represents the opportunity you have to connect with the members of that movement and find ways to voice your ideas about the issues driven by your passion. Here are ways to get involved...

 

  • Connect to the Bonner Program Network as a Bonner Congress Representative and meet other members of the Bonner Movement at Bonner Congress and SLI. 
  • Unable to represent your school in this capacity? Talk to your Congress Reps before the major conferences and ask them to seek out information on particular issues that interest you. They may be able to get you information about schools or organizations also focused on the same aspect of service and/or policy. Or, ask your Congress Reps to report back to your Bonner community and share with you their experience of and ideas on how to network with others in the Bonner Program Network.
  • Start a movement for education and advocacy on your campus! Look at the many roles you can play as a service leader at your own school. Invite others in the surrounding area (Bonner or not) to join.
  • Work with one of the Bonner Partners to get involved through the programs they already have in place. Use their resources to help plan your own events.
  • Participate in or create a site-based or issue-based team focused on making an impact through one particular organization or idea.
  • Find a way to connect your service and politics!  This might start by digging deeper into the issues you're working on, understanding their connections to public policy, or to other avenues for making long-lasting change.  Think about connecting your service to your academic work, for instance through community-based research orpublic policy research.

 

Here is one example: In response to an article by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times, Bonner students at SLI in June began to work on a statement that would represent student voice for change. The Allegheny Statement is now a wiki dedicated to drafting this response. Check the page out and contribute to the views being voiced by Bonners across the National Network.

 


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