San Lorenzo High has a Link Crew Program which works with freshmen. Link Crew is a branch of the international Boomerang Project. The program’s purpose is to help all incoming freshmen make the transition into high school successfully. The program is comprised of senior, junior, and some sophomore SLz students who volunteer their time to work with our newest students.
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, SLz's high school transition program trains mentors from 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, their chance for success increases dramatically. Link Crew 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. (description from the Boomerang Project)
Link Crew hosts several events for freshmen:
* Sport Tournaments at lunch (soccer, volleyball, basketball)
* Ice Cream Social (Fall)
* Cookies & Cocoa (Beginning of 2nd Semester)
* Nachos ( start of the 3rd Quarter)
Link Leaders also visit freshman English classes once a month during Advisory Wednesdays. On these visits they talk to their freshmen about the expectations here and how to meet them, the importance of grades and school, goal setting, healthy relationships, image and self-esteem, among other topics. Freshmen also have to opportunity to ask for a Link Leader Mentor. In this case, a Link Leader will check in more often with that student than they do with their other freshmen.