Kentucky Wesleyan launches Bonner Leaders program

Kentucky Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the launch of a Bonner Leaders program. Bonner Leaders is nationally recognized community engagement and leadership development program where students are placed at local non-profit organizations working on an issue or cause of interest for 8-10 hours a week. In addition, participating students attend weekly workshops aimed at developing leadership skills. Students typically become Bonner Leaders as freshmen and continue with the program for four years, earning more responsibility at their partner organizations and the opportunity to mentor younger Bonner Leaders.

The Kentucky Wesleyan Bonner Leaders program will begin in fall 2017 with five freshmen students and the addition of five students each year reaching capacity of 20 by fall 2020.  The program will be coordinated by the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL). “We are thrilled to be launching a Bonner Leader program at Wesleyan,” said Jay Helmer, associate director of CETL. “Utilizing the Bonner model will enable us to create outstanding experiences for Wesleyan students and give back to the Owensboro community.”

The Bonner network includes more than 40 institutions nationwide. Bonner Leaders at Wesleyan will have the opportunity to attend regional and national student leadership and community engagement conferences.

For more information, contact Jay Helmer at jhelmer@kwc.edu or 270-852-3299.