Link Crew

Link Leaders

Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes grade 9 students and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. It is built on the belief that students can help students succeed. As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the grade 9 students to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate 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 a year long program that it structured for grade 9’s to receive support and guidance from grade 11 and 12 students who have been through the challenges that high school poses and understand that the transition to high school can sometimes be overwhelming.

Link Crew is a year- long transition program with four components that contribute to its success:

    • High School Orientation - In late August, before school begins, Link Leaders and grade 9s start building the mentor relationship and receive information about how to be successful in high school

    • Academic Follow Ups - Link Leaders support academic success and character development through structured classroom visits

    • Social Follow Ups - Link Leaders and grade 9s connect outside the classroom at social events to increase student engagement, and promote positive school climate

    • Leader Initiated Contacts - Link Leaders connect with their groups on a more individual basis

St. Mary is thrilled to participate in the nationwide Link Crew Program, an organization whose sole purpose is to help grade 8’s feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in the first year of high school.

The Link Crew Grade 9 Orientation/Transition Program is designed to both welcome and support new grade 9’s by assigning them a junior or senior Link Leader as a mentor during this first year. This Link Leader is a responsible older student who was selected from a pool of applicants and has met the qualifications of being a good role model and as positive leader at our school.

Following is some information to let you know what you and your child can expect in advance of their first day of school:

  1. A day or two before orientation, your child will also receive a phone call dialer message inviting them to orientation day and giving the details of where to be and what time.

  2. Your son or daughter should not bring a backpack, purse or other like items as the day is quite active;

  3. Students should wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement.

Link Crew's goal is to provide schools with a program to help students make real connections with each other thus increasing school safety and reducing incidence of bullying with anti-bullying education. Through this program, grade 8’s learn that people at school care about them and their success and leaders experience increased self esteem as well as overall character development.