Bonner Leaders Program
The Bonner Leaders Program has fortified and diversified the culture of public service at UNC by leveraging federal work-study funds to support undergrads with high financial needs and strong commitments to service. Bonners enter our program as first-years and are challenged to serve at one local nonprofit for four years. This long-term commitment creates a deep partnership between students and the communities they serve, while allowing Bonners to grow personally and professionally.
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How do we ensure that the next generation of public service leaders and social entrepreneurs across North Carolina reflect the diversity of our state? In 2011, the Campus Y established the Bonner Leaders Program, which allows 50 undergraduates the opportunity to perform more than 1,000 hours of service at a local nonprofit and participate in 150 hours of leadership development over the span of their college careers. In return, they receive federal work-study stipends that are earmarked for community service by students from low-income backgrounds.
Gifts to the Bonner Leaders Program will help replace significant cuts in work-study funding that are necessary to retain Bonners in our program and help add critically-needed staff.
If you are interested in offering additional resources such as mentorship, hosting a summer intern or hosting a Bonner fundraising event in your community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Give Now.