WHAT IS LINK CREW?
Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes new students to Damien and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience.
Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Boomerang Project’s proven high school transition program trains mentors from our junior and senior classes to be Link Crew Leaders. As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen, transfer and international students to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate new student success.
Link Crew provides the structure for new Spartans 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.
Link Crew begins with a powerful orientation that makes all new Spartans excited and proud to be attending Damien and allows them to begin developing relationships and strategies that will contribute to their high school success. The purpose of this orientation is to make the transition from middle school to high school a positive one. This Orientation is for ALL new students including freshmen, transfer, and international student. Seniors and juniors will be serving as Leaders and mentors to the freshmen. Large and small group activities are designed to address students’ needs and concerns in an enjoyable manner.
Link Crew is a year-long transition program with four components that contribute to its success:
- High School Orientation - Link Leaders and new students start building the mentor relationship and new Spartans receive information about how to be successful in high school
- Social Follow Ups - Link Leaders and freshmen connect outside the classroom at social events to increase student engagement, and promote positive school climate
- Academic Follow Ups - Link Leaders support freshman academic success and character development through structured classroom visits
- Leader Initiated Contacts - Link Leaders connect with their freshmen on a more individual basis
More information can be found at http://www.boomerangproject.com/link/what-link-crew