Bonner Leader AmeriCorps Program

‌Montclair State University is one of more than 60 colleges and universities nation-wide honored to host a Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program. The Bonner Leader Program is part of AmeriCorps, a national service initiative that provides opportunities for participants to engage in community service in return for a modest stipend and scholarship funds.

Each year over 100,000 American citizens and college students serve their communities and country through participation in AmeriCorps programs located throughout the U.S.

Bonner Leaders commit to an average of 10 hours of service a week and 300 hours for the academic year. These hours are made up primarily of service to a community agency or project, but also from activities such as in-service workshops, training sessions, and retreats that address pertinent issues and teach valuable, transferable skills.  (See Bonners in Action!)

Bonner Leaders receive a minimum stipend of $1,400 through the program (or if eligible through the Federal Work-Study program). Bonner Leaders are also eligible to receive a $1,000 education award (scholarship) when they complete their one-year term of service. This education award can be used to offset educational costs including tuition and student loans.

While the financial aspect is not the primary motivation for individuals to join AmeriCorps, it does provide valuable monetary assistance as well as empowers each student to invest their time, energy and idealism in a positive and enriching experience.

As Bonner Leaders at MSU, members...

  • participate in mentoring and tutoring programs with community partners;
  • support charitable initiatives on campus;
  • attend local, state, and national training meetings, retreats;
  • and lead on-campus or local community service projects.  

Bonner Leaders also run the Bonner SPOTS Community Service Resource Room, located in the Center for Student Involvement (SC, Room 104).  Here, members support CSI's Volunteer Resource Center by connecting students with community partners and volunteer opportunities on a one-on-one basis.

The Montclair State University Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps Program is a collaboration between the Center for Community Engagement and the Center for Student Involvement.

If you are interested in being a Bonner Leader, please contact Krystal Woolston at woolstonk@mail.montclair.edu, 973-655-4268.  Applications are released in the beginning of the Spring semester. 

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