Bonner Leaders

Bonner Leaders serve as interns in the Public Service Center. Their primary role is to co-lead programs boused out of the Public Service Center by providing capacity building support.

Bonner Leader responsibilities may include developing marketing and communication materials, coordinating service projects and trips, developing community partnerships, implementing community surveys, event planning, and much more. Bonner Leaders take an active role in engaging their peers in service.

The Bonner Leaders Program was founded in 1990 by the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation located in Princeton, New Jersey. The Bonner Foundation has worked with colleges and universities to support students to attend college and to be active and involved in community service while in school. Bonner Leaders serve as student staff in the Public Service Center, providing the link between UC Berkeley students and the community. Over 80 colleges and universities nationwide promote leadership through service, social action on and off-campus, and reciprocal campus-community partnerships.

Bonner Program

Year Long Program (September-May, not including academic breaks)
Time Commitment: 10-12 hours/week
Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate enrolled at UC Berkeley
Cost: None unless transportation to service site required (support available for student with financial hardship)
Benefits: $1,175 AmeriCorps Award, Community Building and Training/Development
Application Dates: March 2015
Units Offered: 1-2 per year



Bonner Leaders serve as Student Program Directors for various programs in the Public Service Center. Almost all Bonner Leaders were former participants in the programs they lead, which gives them the insight and perspective needed to excel at leading their peers.

Bonner Leades serve in their specific position for 8-10 hours per week and are also responsible for attending/fulfilling monthly trainings, co-leading reflective dialogues, and supporting the work of the Public Service Center as a broader community.

There are a few Bonner Leader positions that are better suited for students that have not been participants or former leaders of Public Service Center Programs.  Check the application page for these specific positions.  You can also consider the following programs of the Public Service Center if you are interested in building your way to the Bonner Leader Program:


A Day On, Not a Day Off

The Bonner Leaders program honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving in the Gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland 

Instead of taking the day off, the Bonner Leaders, alongside members of the Transfer Service Community, Oakland community, and other local social justice organizations, went to work on January, 20th, 2014. This date is a national day of service, in which thousands of volunteers and community organizers come together to honor the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. by joining together their local communities to act.

The Bonner Leaders started the day bright and early, and after a short orientation to the Gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA small teams partnered up to work in various areas of the garden. Some of the work included landscaping in the Bonsai Garden, weeding, planting, and harvesting in the Community and Palm Gardens.

At the conclusion of the day of work, a quick look around showed rejuvinated gardens. The Bonner Leaders gathered together to reflect on the systemic changes Dr. King worked for and reflected the importance of community and action to see those ends. There was a moment of reflection for the unrecognized leaders of social movements and an individual's role in larger movments. With the guidance and help of local experts, the Bonner Leaders and many other volunteers from the local community helped to improve the health and beauty of the Gardens at Lake Merritt. 

Thank you to all of those that made this day of service possible, including all of the dedicated volunteers and organizers of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. 


Get Involved!

Learn about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Learn about the Gardens at Lake Merritt 



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