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What is Link Crew?

* taken from the Boomerang Project website (www.boomerangproject.com)

Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew trains members of the junior and senior classes to be Link Leaders. As positive role models, Link Leaders are motivators, leaders and teachers who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.

More and more studies show that if students have a positive experience their first year in high school, their chance for success increases dramatically. The Link Crew high school transition program provides the structure for freshmen to receive support and guidance from juniors and seniors who have been through the challenges that high school poses, and understand that the transition to a larger school can sometimes be overwhelming. It is an opportunity for students to make real connections to each other. Through this program, students learn that people at school care about them and their success. Link Crew is the high school transition program that will increase attendance, decrease discipline referrals and
improve academic performance at your school.

Link Crew Timeline at CVHS
August
Link Crew begins in August with a powerful orientation day that makes
freshmen excited and proud to be attending their new high school and allows them to begin developing relationships and strategies that will contribute to their high school success. The Freshman Orientation is four hours and includes large and small group activities as well as a campus tour.

Just prior to the Orientation, Link Leaders complete a 10 hour training in how to run the small group of activities of Orientation, how to be an effect mentor and role model, and strategies to successfully connect with all kids.

September-January
After orientation, Link Crew continues providing a variety of both Academic and Social Follow Up Activities throughout the year. CVHS Link Leaders coordinate 5 different activities during the fall semester, one per month. These include two ReLink Lunch activities, one after-school social event, one Academic Follow-up Activity (lessons presented by trained Link Leaders during visits to freshman classes), and Freshman Finals Study Event.

Beyond this, Link Leaders continue to communicate and support the
freshmen via phone and various social media, notes of encouragement sent during the school day, and interactions on campus in the hallways, during lunch, in clubs and so forth.