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 2014-2015 academic year have included:

  • 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 undocumented youth and the DREAM act, a poverty simulation, speaker Kelsey Timmerman on global issues, and arts and activism  
  • A retreat using Bridges Out of Poverty 

Trips

In 2014, the first year Bonners went on a Spring Break trip to Asheville, NC and worked with the Timothy Project.  In March, 2015 the class of 2018 is traveling to Almost Heaven, WV to work with Habitat on a Collegiate Challenge project. 

Summer of Service 2014

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.