2 What is Link Crew?Link Crew is a grade nine transition program. Link Crew is a leadership training program. Link Crew is a school community building program.
3 Link Crew is a grade nine transition program. PreparationLink Crew Leaders attend feeder school visits in springLink Crew Leaders host the Grade 8 tour day in MayLink Crew Leaders personally invite the incoming grade 9s to orientation on the first day of schoolOrientationLink Crew orientation is phenomenal! Students are welcomed and wow-ed!!!Orientation is a combination of opening and closing assemblies and a small group session of students led by 2 Link Crew LeadersYearlong SupportLeaders will provide social and academic support for the grade nines throughout the school yearA combination of structured and leader initiated follow-ups will provide the opportunities for students to establish relationships with their peers
4 Link Crew is a leadership training program. Link Crew Leaders will be trained in team building activities, cooperative skill development, and discussion skillsStudents that participate in Link Crew become leaders, motivators, role models, and teachers
5 Link Crew is a school community building program. Link Crew has an impact on Nelson School ClimateLink Crew is about building relationships and encouraging participationLink Crew changes the relationship between the grade nines and their new school as well as the relationship between the Leaders and their school.Link Crew sets the tone for the entire year not only for the grade nine class, but has an impact on the whole school community.Link Crew’s success is dependent upon the Leaders’ abilities to model what they want their school to be.
7 How Link Crew supports… Students:Excites grade 8 students about coming to NelsonCreates a safe and welcoming environmentReduces student anxiety as they transition from elementary to secondary schoolProvides opportunities for grade 9 students to establish peer relationships within the school communityConnects each grade 9 student with a Link leader who will serve them as a mentor and a friend for the yearHelp to familiarize students with the physical buildingIntroduce students to Nelson school cultureHelp students to achieve academic success with Link Crew follow upsModel the way for grade nines to become leaders in the schoolEncourage student participation through follow up eventsHelp to increase student belongingness
8 How Link Crew supports… Staff:Promotes feelings of self-confidence and reduces anxiety in students making them better prepared for learningHelp students to achieve academically by becoming acclimatized to NelsonHelp to reduce absenteeism by making Nelson a safe environmentEncourage grade nine students to get involved in extra-curricular activitiesExemplify good leadership skills for other students in the school
9 Who we are looking for? Qualities we are looking for in Leaders are: strong communication skillsinterest in helping othersaccountable to show up through all phases of the program during the yearwilling to take risksdedicatedhas respect for diverse ideas and personalitiesenthusiasm
10 We are especially looking for: The student who shows up to class everyday on time and takes the initiative to find out what they missed so that they can get caught up when they have been away.The student who gets in there to help out others, or selflessly volunteers without looking for reward. Often these kids go quietly unnoticed.A good mix of both male and female students.A mix of students that represent various aspects of Nelson extra-curriculars.
11 We are not necessarily looking for: The overly energetic enthusiastic student. While enthusiasm is important, we are also looking for the quiet leader who leads through example. The overachieving academic student. Nothing wrong with great marks, but it doesn't necessarily make a strong leader and remember that not all entering grade 9s will relate to the high achieving student. We are looking for a variety of positive Nelson role models.The student who is involved in about a dozen clubs at Nelson. We don't want students who are so overbooked that they are not able to take on the yearlong commitment to LINK.
12 We need approx. 80 leaders based on the number of incoming grade 9s. We need your helpfinding the rightkids!!!
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