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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 1/10/2011 | Category: Just for You

The month of January traditionally is dark and the post holiday blues can settle in with a vengeance. Instead of living in the dread of the month, embrace it. Embrace January as you do July. The actions are a little different, but the sentiment is the same.

We read a newspaper article that suggests doing these five things:

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posted by: Carolyn Hill 1/5/2011 | Category: Inspiration

Seems like all around us people are trying to make some tough decisions. I was speaking with a Link coordinator recently who is trying to decide where to go with her career. She is in a graduate program and it looks like at her current pace it will take several years to complete. She is trying to decide whether or not to take a year’s leave of absence to become a full time student.

Another coordinator I spoke with recently is trying to decide whether to stay in teaching at all. With a department chair working to actively undermine her, a principal who, while supportive, continues to pile on additional responsibilities and a workload that is preventing genuine connection to family and self, she is wondering whether it is all worth it.

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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 9/23/2010 | Category: Inspiration

We so often expect or maybe at least hope for the easy way. Take losing weight and getting in shape...wouldn't it be great if it were easy? Or, turning around kids who are on a negative track...if only they would listen to people who are trying to do right by them! Properly funding schools...don't the politicians get that kids in today’s schools are tomorrow’s citizens and leaders?

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posted by: Carolyn Hill 8/25/2010 | Category: Just for You

Teenagers are supposed to turn away from adult influence…it is their job… they are literally designed for it. Instead, teens turn to each other to get the needed information on how to live life.  And yet somehow, during that time in their lives, you are a chosen adult that they are listening and looking to for how to live life. What a privilege! Use that privilege to move their minds and hearts to places they didn’t even know existed. You are like the nightlight that they don’t even know helps them find their way down the long, sometimes very dark, hallway of their teenage years. Lead on!

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posted by: Carolyn Hill 5/25/2010 | Category: Scholarship Winners

2010 brought us 148 applicants. Hard as it is to decide, here are the top 10:

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posted by: Micah Jacobson 5/25/2010 | Category: Inspiration

I heard a story on NPR recently that bares some thought. There is a giant sequoia here in California that used to be one of the world’s tallest trees. It has been alive for over 2000 years and in 1999 stood 254 feet tall. Out of the hundreds of sequoia’s growing in Kings Canyon National Park, this tree stood out. It was so distinguished that it was named, “The Washington Tree”. The Washington tree has changed in the past few years. It is now about 115 feet tall with most of its upper canopy fallen and its truck hollow.

What really caught my attention with this story, which seemed almost sad to me, was the concluding statement of one of the park naturalist. With a kind of poetic insight, the naturalist remarked that although the tree had been stunning, the loss of its crown has allowed a new generation of giant sequoia to grow in its shadow.

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