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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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posted by: Micah Jacobson 5/14/2012 | Category: Inspiration

Remember those words? YES….and what are you doing with them? Are you practicing?

About this time we start getting so excited about summer that it is easy to forget that next year’s planning has started, and with it POSSIBILITY.  May is a great time to really figure out what your program is going to be about. What differences will you make next year and how will you make them?

Sadly, as soon as we start thinking about possibility, we immediately cut ourselves off with those debilitating words "No" and "But". Maybe we could do an overnight for our leader training (But, could we really get the kids focused overnight? But I would be really tired. No, they probably wouldn’t approve it anyway). What if we create a yearlong service competition between Link Crew or WEB groups (But, do I really have time to manage that? But the kids probably wouldn’t stay motivated. No, they won’t take it seriously to begin with).

Surrounded by the words "No" and "But"?

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posted by: Carolyn Hill 4/11/2012 | Category: Inspiration

While WEB and Link Crew were not initially designed to be anti-bullying programs, lo and behold, we find ourselves in the midst of a society hyper focused on the need for anti-bullying efforts…and people are turning to the Boomerang Project for answers. Yes, you, as a WEB/Link Crew Coordinator are part of a zeitgeist. Welcome to the movement!

 

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posted by: Micah Jacobson 3/13/2012 | Category: Inspiration

It’s that time of year again. Link Crew and WEB start anew with the selection of a new group of leaders. Time for a fresh start, a renewed attempt, a stronger process for getting the right kids on the leadership bus; don’t ya kinda hate it?

I mean…it’s hard, right? . . . .

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