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posted by: Mary Beth Campbell 10/11/2012 | Category: Inspiration

Don’t Fall, Double Down


The days are getting shorter, the weather cooler, the leaves are changing color and beginning to tumble to the ground. As a season, we call it Fall. What an interesting name for a season. Fall, as a name, more than its next-door neighbors, summer and winter, truly captures the feeling of the season. With the shortened daylight hours, Fall begets a diminishing of activity, a pulling back, as we prepare for the long winter lurking around the corner. 


As we pull away and start to hunker down, it becomes really easy to begin to fall off from the commitment to WEB and Link Crew. Orientation is a distant memory at best, regular school days might be feeling like they are bit of a grind and enthusiasm of Leaders (as well as yours) could be waning. Now, more than ever, it is important to double down on commitment to the program and to your Leaders so that they may continue to reach out in support of the 6th/9th graders. Leaders must still continue to be inspired and trained, to give them skills, as well as motivation, to step up when needed. They too are feeling the season; continuing to motivate and inspire them will ensure that they remain united and steadfast in their mission. Right now, no one knows how true this is better than WEB Coordinator, Tom Blair from South Milwaukee Middle School in Wisconsin.


Tom recently sent us this story that captures the necessity of WEB beyond orientation day and, more significantly, the role it can play in a crisis:. . .

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posted by: Boom Boom Room 9/17/2012 | Category: News

The excitement over Boomerang Project transition programs continued all the way through the 2012-2013 ‘back to school’ season, welcoming students and helping change the culture and climate of thousands of schools in North America.

All of the action grabbed a lot of attention and we’re so proud of all the Link Crew and WEB Coordinators as well as the Leaders who helped kick-off this school year!

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posted by: Micah Jacobson 9/11/2012 | Category: Inspiration

Do you know about Meghan Vogel? She’s the high school track athlete who made national news this last May when she helped a fellow runner cross the finish line after the girl collapsed on the track. We’re proud to state that Meghan also happens be a Link Crew Leader at her school, West Liberty-Salem in Ohio.

In case you missed it, here’s the video footage as well as a TV interview:

Meghan’s selfless act got me thinking…are we ever really off?

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posted by: Boom Boom Room 8/15/2012 | Category: News

We’re so proud of all the Link Crew and WEB Coordinators and Leaders across North America who are helping kick off the 2012-2013 school year! With such warm welcomes at each orientation, we know you all are setting great examples of how to treat each other with respect and kindness at your schools.

As you know, the Boomerang Project is known for its middle and high school transition programs that are also effective anti-bullying programs; Link Crew and WEB have welcomed students andhelped change the culture and climate of thousands of schools for the last 20 years.

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posted by: Carolyn Hill 8/8/2012 | Category: Inspiration


It’s pretty obvious what the August newsletter needs to focus on…trainings and orientations! Bring ‘em on! If you are looking at your transition program leader training and orientation days in the rearview mirror, congratulations! Most of you, though, are in the midst of or starting to gear up for this very exciting time.


In order to prepare you, here are the top three things that will help you achieve the excellence that we know you have in you:


  1. Get the details taken care of ahead of time. There are so many little specifics in the logistics arena that need attention for WEB and Link Crew to be successful (as well as ease your day and exponentially increase your enjoyment). First, have you looked at the checklists that are in your Coordinator’s Handbook? They can be quite valuable in preparing and avoiding the last minute stressors. Just to hit on a few of the struggles that we most hear about or see at schools: supply bags completely prepped, nametags and grouping done with the database, use of facilities coordinated and confirmed and sound system ready to rock. If any one of those is ignored, panic can easily overtake the experience. Remember to use your A-Team and your Leaders to help and communicate with everyone!
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posted by: Boom Boom Room 7/24/2012 | Category: Inspiration, Just for You

Need a few tips to ensure you foster a bully-free summer? As you know, both our WEB and Link Crew peer mentoring programs double, indirectly, as anti-bullying programs. While bullying prevention is not the primary intent of our middle school and high school transition programs, both naturally create a school climate that does not tolerate bullying.

Does that mean you can only take what you learn from our Boomerang Project student mentoring programs to improve your school environment? Of course not! Summer is here, which means school is out. To foster a peaceful bully-free atmosphere outside of the classroom over these summer weeks, lean on these anti-bullying tips gathered by Boomerang Project co-founder, Mary Beth Campbell:

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posted by: Boom Boom Room 6/15/2012 | Category: Scholarship Winners

Margaret Mead once famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” At the Boomerang Project, we couldn't agree more. In fact, it's kind of what we're about. The world of Link Crew and WEB is, relative to the entire world, not a large group. However, within that transition program world there are fervently passionate educators and student leaders who believe that it's not the number of people dedicated to a particular cause that matters, rather it's the amount of passion you commit to it that makes change.

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posted by: Carolyn Hill 6/12/2012 | Category: Inspiration

Hanging in our office we have a 112-year-old redwood gutter planted with a variety of ferns and, above that, there are two grow lights that run a couple times a day, illuminating the plants so that they thrive.

So many odd and interesting things in that sentence to think about. For one, plants in a gutter? Two, an old growth redwood gutter hanging in an office? And three…grow lights? Hmmmmmm.

Why such an offbeat opening for our final newsletter of the school year? Because, no matter where you are, all around us lies inspiration and opportunity for reflection. It’s not always necessary to set aside a time to “find” inspiration or opportunities to reflect . We simply need to pay attention, look around, breathe and think.

This humble gutter that hangs here not only beautifies our space, but it also represents three essential ideas that can be used in your Link Crew and WEB programs and beyond.

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posted by: Becky Emmons 5/31/2012 | Category: Scholarship Winners

Thank you to all of the Senior Link Crew Leaders who submitted applications this year. Reading through the scholarships continues to humble and inspire us. The number of amazing Link Crew Leaders is awe inspiring and makes it even more difficult to narrow the field down to 10, but narrow down we did. Here are the 2012 Link Crew Scholarship winners:

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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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