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Tusculum to offer Bonner Leader Program

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm

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The Tusculum College Bonner Leader program is reaching out to help students at Chuckey-Doak High School successfully navigate their freshman year of high school.

 “The peer mentoring program is designed to help students who are struggling in their adjustment to life in high school,” Bonner Leader program coordinator Ashley Nicole Shipley said.

 The program was started as a service project by student Julia Newman, a senior at accounting major at Tusculum from Sweetwater.

 “I participated as a mentor in a program in high school and understand first-hand the difference these programs can make,” Newman said. “We want to be able to make a positive difference in (the students’) lives.”

 Mentors will meet with students one to two hours a week and are asked to make a full-semester commitment to participate in the program.

 The mission of the Bonner Leader Program is to transform the lives of students and members, the life of their campus, their local communities, and the world through service and leadership.

 The Bonner Program is designed to heighten the overall education students and members receive by asking the students to engage in ongoing service work and helping them develop the experience, skills, knowledge and values necessary to make that work meaningful and lasting.