Student Life: LEADS at Spelman


Saturday Service Series with Project Karma

On March 1, The Bonner Office will host the Saturday Service Series at Project Karma from 9am - 12pm. Project KARMA, Inc. empowers, celebrates, promotes, and validates young people experiencing loss and offers an alternative to gang involvement. Project KARMA, Inc. offers a variety of programs and resources to help celebrate young people, and to create healing circles for your child or teen, and their communities.

Participants with this service project will help the staff of Project KARMA with a number of projects that will enhance its safe space for teens. These tasks include Office Organization, Collage Station Prep, Community Garden Prep, and more. For information about Saturday Service opportunities, check for email updates from or contact the Bonner Office at 404.270.5306.

Jan. 18: MLK Day of Service
Feb. 3: Recyclemania Kickoff
Feb.15: Saturday Service Series:
Hands On Atlanta
Feb. 15: Saturday Service Series:
Hands On Atlanta and The Atlanta
Day Shelter
Feb. 22: Saturday Service Series:
Hosea Feed the Hungry

B.A.D. Girls Are Back

The November visit with students from M. Agnes Jones Elementary was such a success we had to do it again! On February 20, 2014, thirty young ladies from Dunbar Elementary school spent the day on Spelman's campus learning about college life. During the annual Keshia Knight Pulliam Community in Schools Day, the girls spend the day exploring this year's theme: "B.A.D. Girls Club: Empowering Beautiful, Artistic, and Driven Girls." Te purpose of the day was to redefine the popular term "bad" as it is applied to women. Activities were designed to encourage girls to aspire to become more than the scantily clad, profanity-screaming "bad girls" that they see on television.

Workshops for the day focused on leadership, artistic expression, self-esteem, and community service. Workshop facilitators included Bonner Scholars Maya Prentiss, C'2015; Bria Henderson, C'2015; Camille Henderson, C'2015; and Bria Toussaint, C'2016. The 2013-2014 Keshia Knight Pulliam Community in Schools Day coordinators were Bonner Office Community Impact Interns, Kabrillen Jones, C'2015, and Faith Porter, C'2014. This annual event is hosted by the BOCSSD through ha generous donation from Keshia Knight Pulliam, C'2001. 

The Bonner Class of 2015 Presents the Ecolympics

The Eco Olympic Week was brought to Spelman College by the Bonner class of 2015, from February 3 - 7, 2014. The goal of this initiative was to raise awareness on Spelman's campus and within the Atlanta University Center community about the importance of environmental sustainability and environmental friendliness. Each day during the week there was a different theme dedicated to raising environmental awareness. Monday was the Tie-Dye and Up-cycling day during which Bonner students set up a tie dying table in Upper Manley for their peers to bring recycled clothing to be tie-dyed and up-cycled. On this day students were also able to sign pledges stating their commitments to going green and to do more to save the environment. Over 100 students signing pledges and receiving "Go-green" buttons. On Tuesday students viewed "The 11th Hour" starring Leonardo DiCaprio. After viewing the movie students who attended received reusable water bottles that were also decorated and designed by the class.

Wednesday was "A Day Without" where students living on campus pledged to go at least two hours without using any form of electricity in their rooms. Thursday was the Social Media Day during which Spelman students uploaded pictures of their efforts to "Go Green" as well as any other items they were using that were environmentally friendly. Lastly, on Friday, Bonner Scholars and participants from both Spelman and Morehouse helped to paint and decorate rain barrels from the West Atlanta Watershed (WAWA) that will soon be donated and presented to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. The junior class's first annual Eco Olympics Week was a success and they hope to bring this event to campus again next year.

Spring Break Service Trips Near

The opportunity is provided each year for 15 students to attend the Alternative Spring Break Trip. From March 8-15 students will work with children ages 5-12 from the St. Mary's primary school in Belize City, Belize and present workshops on self-esteem, health and wellness, science, and HIV/AIDS.

The students will also shadow teachers to gain a better understanding of the American educational system versus that of Belize. During past trips, Spelman sophomores, juniors, and seniors participated in a beautification project for the St. Mary's School. They painted and restored furniture, cleaned the campus, and also replanted the garden.

Winter Service Spotlight

Breyana Sherman, C'2015, is a psychology major from Brooklyn, New York. She spent her winter break, volunteering at God's Love We Deliver. This non-sectarian organization services the five boroughs of New York City, Newark and Hudson County, New Jersey. Additionally, it is the New York metropolitan area's leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. It began as an HIV/AIDS service organization, but today God's Love We Deliver provides for people living with  more than 200 severer illnesses.

Throughout winter break, Breyana participated in the meal delivery sector of the organization, delivering meals to the clients homes in Manhattan. On Christmas Eve, she participated in the Winter Feast, also delivering nutritious meals for clients to enjoy with their family and friends for the holidays. Breyana believes this amazing experience further encourages her to make a change in the world and reminds her of her own desire to create a similar organization on Spelman's campus. She believes the organization will have a lasting impact on the Spelman community.

Engaged Scholars Training Now Available

The Bonner Office is now offering training opportunities for all Spelman College students who have an interest in civic engagement. The Spring 2014 Engaged Scholar Training workshops have been designed to assist students in understanding the democratic process of engagement in community and civic life as well as non-profit management. A series of workshops is offered focused on topics such as social entrepreneurship, volunteerism and leadership. The next workshop, "Leadership for Social Change" will be held on March 17 and is open to students of all classifications. Workshop descriptions and the registration page can be found at For more information, contact Ms. Sheryl Belizaire at

Kayla Echols, DJenny Pierre, Breagan Ricks and Jovena Walton traveled to Haiti this winter break to serve children of Bayonais, Haiti through the International Christian Development Mission (ICDM), an organization committed to educating children and promoting self-sufficiency. While in Haiti, the Spelmanites implemented a science workshop that demonstrated how mountains are formed from volcanic explosions using baking soda and vinegar in addition to explaining the science of earthquakes. The science workshop was very effective and enjoyable for the students as the experiment directly related to Haiti and the students were able to connect the lesson and the experiment to real life. In addition, the Spelman students were able to get to know the students of ICM on a more personal level as they discussed self-esteem, goal making and healthy relationships in order to motivate and encourage the students to take advantage of their education and aspire to achieve great things.

Kayla, Breagan and Jovena, and DJenny also participated in the school's end of the year celebration where donations of clothing and toys were distributed to children who would not have otherwise received Christmas presents. With the cooperation and participation of Spelman students and faculty during the FunLab, Inc. school supply drive for Haiti, school supply donations will be used by the International Christian Development Mission in order to ensure that every student has the right tools to succeed. Kayla, Djenny, Breagan and Jovena regard the trip as life changing. They were able to serve and gained a new perspective on Haiti through their new friendships with the people of Bayonais and connection with the International Christian Development Mission.

Community Partner Spotlight: WAWA

The West Atlanta Watershed Alliance is a community based, non-profit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the quality of life for the residents and environmental quality. WAWA is an advocate for preserving green space, protecting and improving water quality, and promoting good environmental health within the adopted watersheds of Proctor, Sandy and Utoy Creeks. Throughout WAWA's 19 years in West Atlanta, its environmental education programs at the Outdoor Activity Center (OAC) engage local youth, ranging from elementary to college age in service learning activities and seek to impact the visitor's attitudes and behaviors about nature through interpretive hikes along trails in their 26-acre old growth forest. Currently, several Spelman students volunteer at WAWA, where they work with Darryl Haddock, the Education Director. At WAWA, students have created an internet-based radio show called "GreenTalk". Students also served as trail leaders and outreach coordinators. There are a number of opportunities to get involved w/ WAWA through various festivals, community meetings, and service days. Volunteers are always needed! For more information on WAWA visit their website at


The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (LEADS)
The Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development (BOCSSD)
Spelman College
Jane E. Smith Ed.D, Executive Director, LEADS
Jilo M. Tisdale, Director, BOCSSD
Sheryl Belizaire, Bonner Scholars Coordinator
Kiesha Cooper, Bonner Program Assistant
Britney Peyton, Community Service & Bonner Fellow
Elizabeth Rountree, Community Service Coordinator
Britney Peyton, Newsletter Editor
Phone: 404-270-5309 Fax: 404-270-5308