Bonner Office of Community Service (BOCS)

BOCS EXTERNAL PARTNERS

Since the Bonner Office of Community Service (BOCS) was institutionalized in 1993, we have forged several partnerships throughout the Atlanta community.  We have served as a clearinghouse of community-based information for members of Morehouse College and our surrounding communities.  BOCS plays a significant role in helping Morehouse College to fulfill her mission of “developing men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership, service, and self-realization…” by facilitating the involvement in community service while instilling in students a life-long commitment to serving others.  The mission has been maintained only because of the strong connections that we have in the community. 

These are just a few of the areas through which students have participated in community service:  local public and private schools, after-school programs, non-profit organizations, hospitals and health care facilities, homeless shelters, food banks, AIDS awareness programs, environmental programs research-based programs, community development agencies, mentoring programs, political groups, business affiliates, religious organizations, and more. 

We are grateful for the many successful partnerships that we have established in the community, and we want to ensure that people are aware of the many different resources available throughout metro Atlanta.  Therefore, we have compiled a brief listing of various programs that we have worked with and continue to have ties to.  Please utilize these contacts and ask them for information on their programs, volunteers, or whatever may pertain to your needs.  If you have any questions regarding additional contact information or adjustments needed for the information provided, please let us know by calling (470) 639-0594. 

Interested in having men of Morehouse bolster your community oriented efforts?  Great, follow these steps and let's build together:

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EDUCATION

M. Agnes Jones Elementary
M. Agnes Jones Elementary School provides a learning environment that facilitates standards-based instruction connected to the world outside the classroom.
THEME:  "Continuing the Pursuit of Excellence"
Contact:  Johnson, Melanie (Asst. Principal)   mljohnson@atlantapublicschools.us (404) 802-3916
Address:  1040 Fair Street, Atlanta, GA 30314
 
Raising Expectations
As a nonprofit youth development organization that has served the Atlanta community for over 14 years, Raising Expectations has positively impacted the lives of numerous children and youth throughout the city of Atlanta with extensive services designed to develop their academic, social and civic abilities.
Contact:  Jamie Gray    jgray@raisingexpectations.org (678) 768-4932
Address:  220 Northside Drive, NW Atlanta, GA 30314
 
KIPP WAYS Primary
As Atlanta Public School’s second KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) school, KIPP WAYS Primary is uniquely positioned to increase the academic achievement, college preparedness and college acceptance rates of Atlanta’s students.  KIPP WAYS Primary equips students with the tools necessary to excel in competitive colleges and professional careers.  KIPP WAYS Primary students achieve success through rigorous instruction, virtue, and enrichment.
Contact:  Dominique Diggs ddiggs@kippwaysprimary.org (404) 475-1941
Address:  350 Temple Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
 
KIPP Collegiate
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate is a tuition-free public charter high school in West Atlanta.  As the first high school to join the KIPP Metro Atlanta cohort of schools, focused on continuing KIPP's track record of success in Atlanta Public Schools and pushing all of its scholars to college.  KIPP Atlanta Collegiate High School educates more than 750 students in 9th grade through 12th grade.
Contact:  Malik Cooper mcooper@kippatlantacollegiate.org (404) 574-5126 ext. 402
Address:  98 Anderson Avenue, NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
 
Dunbar Elementary
Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School builds on the solid foundation of early literacy provided by Educare Atlanta.
Contact:  Anita Bouie  ansragland@atlanta.k12.ga.us   (404) 802-7974
Address:  500 Whitehall Terrace SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
 
Salvation Army KROC Center Atlanta
Fitness and Recreation Courses - Family Literacy Program /GED Preparation - KROC STARS Program (K-5th grade)
Contact:  Antoine Smith antoine.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org (404) 658-7195
Address:  967 Dewey St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
 
Booker T. Washington High School
Booker T. Washington High School, named for the famous educator, opened in September 1924. It is the first public high school for African-Americans in the state of Georgia and the Atlanta Public Schools.  Washington High School operated as three small schools within a school from 2009 until 2014.  On August 12, 2013, the Atlanta Board of Education passed a resolution restoring Booker T. Washington to one comprehensive high school with one principal.  Washington High focus is on creating an environment that allows for the growth of all students establishing behavioral supports and the social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.
Contact:  Dr. Erica Clark erica.clark@atlanta.k12.ga.us (404) 802-4645
Address:  45 Whitehouse Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
 
STEAMsport, Inc. 
STEAMsport, Inc's mission is to expose youth from underserved communities to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math related concepts and competion leading to secondary education and employment opportunities.
Contact: William Oliver woliver@steamsport.com  (678) 523-4589
Address:  560 Larkin Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 3031
 
The Life School 
The Life School is an independent progressive high school located in downtown Atlanta.  At The Life School students are co-owners of their education empowered to investigate their curiosities and take action in the world.
Contact:  Mikala Streeter mikala@thelifeschool.co  (404) 343-0064
Address:  217 Walker Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
 

ENVIRONMENTAL

AUC Eco-District
EcoDistricts focuses on building from the neighborhood up through public-private-civic partnerships and cross-sector collaboration.  It is also a certification program that highlights equity, resilience, and climate protection through a rigid set of goals, objectives and indicators.  EcoDistricts priorities are Place, Prosperity, Health and Wellness, Connectivity, Living Infrastructure, and Resource Restoration.
Contact:  Rita Gibson rgibson-ucdc@aucenter.edu  (404) 639-0530
Address:  160 Euralee Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Morehouse College Community Revitalization Initiative
The goal of the initiative is to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with adjacent communities that will result in a sustained economic and social improvement and provide Morehouse students with learning opportunities that cultivate civic growth and development.
Contact: Gwen Cain  gwen.cain@morehouse.edu  (470) 639-0588
Address:  3rd Floor Leadership Building, Morehouse College
 
Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute 
The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights is a 501 C 3 non-profit organization established in October 2001.  The birth of the Joseph E. Lowery Institute grew our of plans to celebrate Dr. Joseph E. Lowery's 80th birthday.  The planning committee wanted to ensure the continuity of the advocacy of Dr. Lowery and his lifelong, enduring commitment to non-violent advocacy, and to the moral, ethical, and theological imperative of justice and human rights for all people.
Contact:  Cheryl Lowery cheryl.lowery@loweryinstitute.org (404) 524-8406
Address:  592 Beckwith Street, SW, #B, Atlanta, GA 30314
 
Atlanta City Council 
The city council is the chief policy-making body of the City of Atlanta.  The council's mission is to ensure that Atlanta is lead by a ground-breaking strong and capable group of leaders that work for the good of all citizens across the city.  As a legislative body, the council's main function is to make laws.  Interns work with city council members, their office staff, and other city staff to learn and contribute to the legislative body of the City of Atlanta.
Contact:  Theo Pace TPace@atlantaga.gov (404) 330-6030
Address:  55 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303
 

HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS

Gateway Center 
The Gateway Center is designed to serve as the "gateway" to the community continuum of care that helps individuals move out of homelessness.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a Continuum of Care as a local or regional system that provides the resources required for moving homeless individuals toward self-sufficiency.
Contact: Rebecca Cranford rcranford@gatewayctr.org (404) 215-6615
Address:  275 Pryor Street Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
ReStart3:20 
ReStart3:20 is a community center which was created to open doors to a path for the homeless.  The mission is to give the homeless a hand up not a hand out, to restart their lives and become contributing members of their communities.
Contact:  Lee Porter III leeporternumber1@gmail.com (470) 575-5102
Address:  561 West Whitehall Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310