Bonner Program

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The UH Hilo Bonner Program is hiring a coordinator! More information and a position description are available on our Program Coordinator page.

Meet the First UH Hilo Bonner Leaders!

The first UH Hilo Bonner Leader cohort was established in Fall 2021. This exceptional group has the unique opportunity of helping to shape and develop the Bonner Leader Program at UH Hilo!

Group photo of 6 Bonner Leaders

Amena Tep

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Major: Political Science/Administration of Justice

Amena holds her family at her center, which is evident in the value she places on relationships and teamwork. She joined the Bonner Program because “studying our community allows us to put a stop to repeated social/political/economic issues it faces.”

Amena Tep

Bella Chapman

Hometown: Rome, GA

Major: Marine Science

Bella’s minors in Political Science and English, with certificates in TESOL and International Politics reveal her range of passions and her strong work ethic. Despite her busy schedule, she joined the Bonner Program because she strives to enact change through community interaction.

Bella Chapman

Carley Atkins

Hometown: Hilo, HI

Major: Hawaiian Studies

Carley’s appreciation for the beauty around her shines through in all that she does. Discovering the Bonner Program felt like kismet, and she felt called “to join others and help engage with the community around me.”

Carley Atkins

Devin Brown

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Environmental Science

Devin brings his genuine care for others to the Bonner Program, which is reflected in his interest in the environment and in working with under-resourced communities. He became a Bonner Leader because “it’s a great way for me to get to learn about my new community, meet new people with similar interests, and make the community more beneficial for future generations.”

Devin Brown

Evonne Fronda

Hometown: Waikoloa, HI

Major: Accounting

Evonne feels a strong connection to her Filipino heritage and community and saw the Bonner program as a sign because it combined her love of community with the internship experience that she felt she needed. She looks forward to working with the community to create better resources and nurture her leadership skills.

Evonne Fronda

Lavinia Manufekai

Hometown: Hilo, HI

Major: Political Science/Administration of Justice

Spending a year of high school in Tonga made a deep impression on Lavinia. She understands the importance of community, and hopes that through the Bonner Program she can develop the skills to affect change and impact the lives around her.

Lavinia Manufekai

What is the Bonner Program?

The Bonner Program is part of a national network that provides students with paid opportunities to develop as leaders and have positive impact on their communities. Through self-reflection, leadership skills training, and the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with community organizations, students acquire real-world skills that position them for fulfilling careers and lives of impact.

Who are the Bonner Leaders?

Bonner Leaders are students enrolled at the university who commit to paid positions of 8-10 hours per week which includes leadership training and on-site work with community organizations. Bonner Leaders are committed to the program for their 4 years of study (2-3 years for Academic Year 2021-22).

Contact Us

Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720
USA

uhhcce@hawaii.edu
(808) 932-7830

Or visit us on the UH Hilo Campus in PB-5.