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posted by: Boom Boom Room 5/30/2012 | Category: Take Action

It’s the home stretch! It’s been a long year and you are most likely pretty wiped out. That nice, relaxing summer cannot arrive fast enough. “Yes, And…” it’s still important for you and your awesome student leaders to stay motivated! Even as we near the finish line.

According to Psychology Today, “Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It's the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It's the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be.”

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posted by: Carolyn Hill 3/5/2011 | Category: Take Action

It has become hard to turn on the TV or radio these days without getting depressed pretty quickly. In dark times it can be difficult to see all the amazing things going on around us.

And yet there are world changing positive actions happening everyday if only we can see them. Our theme for the 2009 Refresher this year is “Celebrate What’s Right With The World”. As world renowned photographer Dewitt Jones said, “When we celebrate what’s right with the world, we can find the energy to fix what’s wrong”.

So here are some of the things going right in the world of Link Crew and WEB!

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posted by: Micah Jacobson 2/5/2011 | Category: Take Action

You may remember hearing at your Follow Up training  that one of the three pillars of a great Link Crew or WEB program is the number and quality of  Leader initiated contacts  your Link or WEB Leaders have with their 9th or 6th graders. (You remember what Leader Initiated Contacts are, right? It’s when a Leader, with no assistance from you, communicates in some way with the members of either their group or members of the 9th/6th grade class.)  You may also remember you heard something about how hard it is to keep those contacts going throughout the year. In fact, you may be looking around your campus and realizing that what was talked about at the Follow Up has, indeed, come to pass; Leader Initiated Contacts are HARD! And they are hard precisely for the same reason that makes them so valuable… because you don’t coordinate them!

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posted by: Micah Jacobson 11/29/2010 | Category: Take Action

We look ahead this month to the upcoming Link Crew and WEB Refreshers with a sneak peak at what we will be focusing this season.

A brief story to introduce the concept: I was speaking with an assistant principal recently whose school has Link Crew, but he is not trained. I asked him if he thought Link Crew made a difference. “What do you mean?” he replied, wondering aloud how Link Crew could possibly make a difference in his school. I explained that in many schools Link Crew and WEB are encouraging greater attendance, increasing student’s academic success and reducing discipline problems. In disbelief, he said that he couldn’t even imagine how Link Crew could accomplish those things given how it was working in his school.

What would your principal or assistant principal say about the effectiveness or your Link or WEB program? What difference would they say it has made?

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posted by: Carolyn Hill 10/1/2010 | Category: Take Action

November 17th is World Peace Day and since the concept of peace is so abstract, we want to, just as Sadako Sasaki and millions of others after her, put together a physical representation of peace. The Boomerang Project challenge of the month is for Link Crew and WEB programs in the U.S. and Canada, to produce 500,000 cranes. We currently have 2401 schools with Link Crew and WEB at their schools so that means that each school would need to fold a mere 209 cranes in achieve the goal. We know that some schools will not contribute to the goal of 500,000 and we also know that some schools will contribute more. Can you school fold and string together 1000 like Sadako Sasaki did? 

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posted by: Carolyn Hill 2/1/2010 | Category: Take Action

Welcome to the new year! For most of us in education, our year doesn’t begin January 1st, rather it starts sometime in August or early September when it’s back to school time. We hope you enjoyed a restful summer and that you are looking forward to a great school year.

As you all well know, the start of the school year is the most hectic time in the life of a Link Crew or WEB program. With so much going on, it is easy to let some of the little things slide. You might have noticed at your orientation how a few little things can really change the day. Did you have an organized VIP table or did it dissolve into chaos? How many of you discovered the value of walkie-talkies? Did your sound system perform the way you needed it to?

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posted by: Micah Jacobson 1/14/2010 | Category: Take Action

Doesn’t it seem like each year time goes by a little bit faster?  Well, actually, it’s because it does.  Think, about it: when you are four and a year goes by, you turn five, which in the scheme of things does not seem like much time has passed, but in reality you are suddenly 20% older and amazing things have happened over the space of that year; you have mastered new skills, learned an entire new vocabulary and become experts in entire lines of toys!

What did you accomplish in this last year? When you think of your Link or WEB program, January is a great time to start the reflection process.

How did your events go? How many kids have you supported? Can you feel the difference on your campus that Link Crew and WEB are making? Can others feel it?

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