What is Link Crew?
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, Boomerang Project's proven high school transition program trains mentors from the 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 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 and help facilitate 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.
What Orientation Looks Like
Link Crew kicks off the school year with a fun filled and educational orientation day that welcomes your transitioning freshmen into your school with a sense of safety in a high-spirited, all-inclusive, anti-bullying environment. Freshmen are personally invited to attend the orientation by a junior or senior Link Crew Leader who spends the day with them and mentors them throughout their first year.
The orientation day includes:
- A spirited and interactive opening assembly led by your trained adult Coordinator.
- A mentor group experience led by trained student Link Crew Leaders.
- A school tour led by your trained Link Crew Leaders.
- A thoughtful, inspiring closing assembly led by your trained Coordinator.
Your freshmen exit the gym equipped with information and strategies that will help them be successful in high school, the knowledge that the Link Crew Leaders and the school care about them, and a sea of familiar faces to look forward to on their first day of school. Your Link Leaders emerge with the confidence to be leaders and empowered to help create school change. As a result of these first-day efforts, your freshmen will experience more success, overall school safety will increase and your building will be on its way to a bully-free environment.