Bonner Leaders begin again this fall

The Bonner Leader Program is in its third year at WKU. Continuing the program’s mission to provide access education and an opportunity to serve, seven new freshman students have been added to the group. The Bonner Leader Program has grown and now includes a total of twelve students; each student is actively serving with a local nonprofit organization. The program’s sophomore students are Daniel Banks, Rachael Williams, Kurtis Spears, Erin Evans, and Grace Gilliland. Daniel Banks is from Frankfort, KY and is currently serving with Habitat for Humanity. Erin Evans is from Louisville, KY and is in her second year as the Family Literacy Coordinator at Bowling Green Independent School’s Family Literacy Program. Rachel Williams is from Hartford, KY and is the Volunteer Recreation Assistant at Parker Bennett Community Center’s after school program. Kurtis Spears is from Burkesville, KY and is in his second year of serving as a Den Counselor at Center for Courageous Kids. Grace Gilliland is from Dickson, TN and is the Development Assistant for Light of Chance; however, Grace is currently studying abroad in France.

The Freshman Bonner Leaders have been placed with primary partners and have begun their service journey. LaDeirdre Mumford and Martajia Armstrong are both from Hopkinsville, KY and are both serving as Group Leaders at Community Education’s afterschool program at Warren Elementary. Kennady Galofaro is from Poquoson, VA and is the Youth Development Professional at the Boys and Girls Club. Emily Burchfield is from Suwanee, GA and is currently doing her service work at VSA where she assists special needs populations with art. Jennifer Willis is from Glasgow, KY, and her service site is Light of Chance. Brittany Copeland is from Pewee Valley, KY and is beginning her service at Bowling Green Independent School’s Family Literacy Program. Meagan Coomer is from Columbia, KY and is the Development Assistant at South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block.

Each Bonner Leader will serve a minimum of 300 hours this academic year, and they follow a 4 year developmental model. This developmental model motivates the Bonner Leaders to obtain experiences that will ultimately set them apart from other job seeking peers post graduation. Some of the leadership positions available to the Bonner Leaders are Bonner Congress Representatives, Fellowship Coordinator, Public Relations Chairs, Judicial Committee member, and Issue Based Service Leaders.

Written by Sarah Hagan


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