Presentation on theme: "El Cajon Valley Link Crew"— Presentation transcript:
1 El Cajon Valley Link Crew Co-Coordinators:Natalie VasquezKrystal MontalvoJennifer Cunningham
2 What is Link Crew?Link Crew is a high school transition program that increases freshmen successMembers of the junior and senior class are trained to be Link Leaders who act as positive role models, motivators, and mentors helping guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during in high school.As freshmen success increases, the benefits to the school culture and climate become apparentLink Crew schools report having greater connection, increased extracurricular participation, fewer discipline issues and greater pride and spirit.
3 Link Crew at ECV Link Crew began in 2006-2007 The first Link Crew had 175 freshmen attendThe second Link Crew had almost 275This year’s Link Crew had 340 freshmen (despite being held right before a holiday)No freshmen are excluded from special needs to just arrived ELL students
4 The Core of the Crew Link Leaders are Juniors and Seniors We recruit all students:High-AchievingLow-Achieving students who have turned it aroundAll sportsAll clubsStudents not involved in anythingELL studentsSpecial needs students
5 The Backbone of the Crew In addition to Link Leaders we accept about 10 sophomores to join the “A-Team”The sophomores help with the “behind the scenes” parts of Link CrewA-Team is trained and after successful completion of the A-Team they are guaranteed a spot as a Link Leader the following year
6 Link Crew Calendar Applications in February Deadline in March May Play Day in MayTwo day August TrainingOne Day OrientationMonthly Saturday meetingsMonthly check-ins with FreshmenHomecoming Tail-Gate PartyFreshman Orientation NightOpen HousePlus more!
7 How do students join Link? In February of each year, Link Crew opens up applications to all current Sophomores and Juniors to joinIn addition to that, we recruit current Freshmen to join the A-TeamBy the end of March, the Link Crew is picked.
8 How Can I Help Link?In Late January you will receive a recommendation formRecommend great students that often are not given a chance to leadDonate time at Link Crew eventsThank a Link Leader for their time!Join the Gauntlet at Orientation
9 Not your typical Orientation… All Freshmen are welcomed with a loud “Gauntlet”Freshmen are crammed into the bleachersAll participate in crazy songs and silly gamesAt this point we are getting them more comfortable and awake!
10 Mix them Up! All Freshmen line up on the Gym floor This is their chance to meet new peopleIt is designed to mix them up from their friends on purpose!
11 Lead them to Success Freshmen are put into groups Balanced by gender Led into classroomsAt this point the Link Leaders take overWe train our Leaders to handle all issues that may arise
12 Student leading Students Link Leaders lead activities that foster pride and familyEach “crew” bonds together as oneTo date we have never asked a freshman to leave due to behavior
13 All regroup in the gymOur MC closes with some thoughts about the new yearWe don’t talk about rules, procedures, dress code, etcWe focus on goals, positivity, what they can do to help ECV