The AmeriCorps Bonner Leaders Program is a scholarship-like program for Young Harris College students who have a real passion for making a difference on their campus, in their community and in the larger world beyond.
Bonner Leaders work 10 hours each week during the school year at non-profit agencies throughout the community. This work can include, but is not limited to, mentoring elementary school students in an after-school program and through an outdoor education program, constructing affordable housing or providing food for low-income families, coordinating recycling and other sustainability efforts throughout the campus and community, removing invasive plant species and other pollutants from local streams and lakes, offering support to those coping with the death of a family member or close friend, and providing services to victims of domestic violence and child abuse. Bonners also have the option to choose a site at which to work during the summer months as well.
In addition, Bonners meet together regularly with their peers, faculty, staff and community leaders to help deepen their understanding of themselves as individuals, as Young Harris students and as citizens of the global society. Students also attend regional and national Bonner conferences throughout the year, as well as partner with Bonner programs at other institutions.
Bonner Leaders make a significant commitment of their time and energy and, in turn, receive financial assistance for that commitment. Through a combination of work-study funds and AmeriCorps education awards, Bonners may be eligible for up to $14,128 in total compensation over a four-year period. Packages that offer an additional summer stipend from an approved non-profit community partner agency are also available.
- Check out some frequently asked questions about the Bonner Leaders Program.
- Read student perspectives from current Bonner Leaders.
For additional information or to obtain an application packet, please e-mail Dr. Joseph Pate, Director of the Bonner Leaders Program, call (706) 379-5104 or stop by the Bonner office located in the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement on Highway 76 just east of the stoplight in front of the main entrance to the campus.