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  • SPONSORSHIP SPOTLIGHT - one way YOU can help ensure that valuable school programs continue throughout the school year.

    Posted by Lisa Smith at 7/16/2014

    This Week's Spotlight shines on Link Crew - Creating an environment for success for all incoming freshmen and Peer Mentoring - Targeting at-risk youth to help them start out strong in HS
       Research confirms that the transition to high school presents predictable stress for young people bringing difficult social adjustments that, left without intervention, can contribute to a decrease in grades and attendance, criminal behavior, drug abuse and high dropout rates.
       The Link Crew program provides a structure, which guides freshmen toward both academic and social success and creates an environment where freshmen learn that people at their new school care about them. Juniors and seniors, carefully selected from a cross-section of social groups, go through a well-organized and powerful leadership-training curriculum. The program, run by these well-trained student Link Crew Leaders and supported by district staff, lasts all year, starting with freshman orientation and followed by various group social and academic activities throughout the school year. Annual estimated need is $1,500.
       Peer Mentoring matches successful high school students one-on-one with incoming freshmen who might need an extra hand in making a smooth transition and handling the rigors of high school. Through regular contact with their older mentors those incoming freshmen who have been identified at being most at‐risk receive the ongoing support and intervention they need to successfully complete that first critical year.
       The goal for the freshmen in Peer Mentoring is to ‘Strive for Five’. This is the number of credits they need to move into their sophomore year in high school. Research has shown that if a student is retained in ninth grade, their chances of graduating are greatly diminished. In fact only about 15‐20% of such students go on to earn a diploma.  The 13-14 school year was a great success, as 89% of the students enrolled in Peer Mentoring earned the necessary credits to reach sophomore status. We work closely with these students so they can beat those odds – and it shows! Annual estimated need is $500.
       Link Crew Sponsorship deadline is August 8, as tee-shirts must be ordered from the printer. Exclusive sponsorship is $1,500; shared sponsorships of $500 and 750 also available. In addition to the Basic Benefits, sponsors receive advertisements on back of Link Crew Leaders tee-shirts as well as full page ad in Freshman Survival Guide; and invitation to hear the motivational speaker.
       Peer Mentoring Sponsorship deadline is also August 8, as tee-shirts must be ordered from the printer.Sponsorship is $500. In addition to the Basic Benefits, sponsors receive full page ad in Freshman Survival Guide.
        INTERESTED? Call Lisa Smith at 717- 225-4731 ext 3031.  

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