Current Year in Bonner

Each year looks a little bit different for the Bonner Program in order to maintain a relevant curriculum as well as to incorporate the interests and feedback of Bonners on-campus.

Meetings

The weekly Monday meeting topics during the 2012-2013 academic year included:

  • All Bonner day of service at Hind's Feet Farm
  • First Year Meetings on defining civic engagement, working with children, responsible consumerism, micro aggressions, grant writing ...as well as an evening on the Challenge Course.
  • Second Year Meetings on goal setting, event planning, social change model of leadership, budgeting, analysis of the educational system, services for homeless neighbors, interviewing, direct action, ageism, conflict resolution, public health
  • Third Year Meetings on social justice awareness, leadership styles, group management, personal sustainability, immigrant rights
  • Fourth Year Meetings on marketing yourself, career exploration, exploration of social justice, social entrepreneurship, ethical decision making, fiscal responsibility, faith and service
  • All Bonner Meetings on human trafficking, a poverty simulation, refugee experiences, Project V.O.I.C.E, advocacy

Trips

First year Bonners went on a Spring Break trip to Valdosta, GA to work with Habitat on a Collegiate Challenge project. They were able to bond with each other and the Valdosta community. The service was even covered by the local news in Georgia!

In addition, other Bonners had the opportunity to travel together to the Freedom Foundation in Selma, AL. This partnership with Alternative Breaks allowed 14 Davidson students to serve with a "Random Acts of Theater Company" for local youth, take part in non-violence action training and hear from speakers on civil rights.

Summer of Service 2013

Around 40 Davidson Bonners are completing a summer of service each summer. This can be any where in the world as long as you are working with a not-for-profit organization. This summer a few of the sites include:

Camp Burnt Gin in Wedgefield, SC

Camp Burnt Gin provides a fun, safe summer camp experience to over 460 children who might not otherwise have the chance to attend camp because of their special health care needs. The Burnt Gin experience offers them an opportunity to meet new friends, develop recreational skills, become more independent and improve their self-confidence. Staff members, in a ratio of one for every two campers, live with the children and assist those children who require help with their personal needs and participation in the activities.

Good News at Noon Clinic in Gainesville, GA

The mission of the Good News Clinics is to offer support and free medical care to the indigent, homeless and low-income people in Hall County who have no healthcare insurance and cannot afford medical care.

Save the Children in Washington, D.C.

The mission of Save the Children is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

South Central Scholars in Rancho Palos Verdes, GA

The mission of the South Central Scholars Foundation (SCS) is to assist highly motivated, talented students from disadvantaged communities of Los Angeles County achieve academic and personal success in college and beyond.