Lion Link Crew

Be part of the first group of student leaders for the Lion Link Crew program being implemented for the Bellarmine Class of 2021!

Leaders Responsibilities

You will be working with a small group of incoming freshmen students along with another junior or senior leader. Your role is to welcome the freshmen to Bellarmine and to mentor them throughout the year to ease their transition into high school.

Please make sure you can commit to attend the following dates before you apply:

• May Development Day: Monday, May 15th, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
This is a late-start day. You will miss the first hour of your 5th period class.
 • Link Leader Training: Sunday, August 27th, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
and Monday, August 28th, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
• Freshmen Orientation: Wednesday, August 30th, 7:00–10:00 a.m.
(Revised schedule for 1st day of school.)
• Academic Follow-Up Activities: Once a month during designated
Leadership Days in CP.
• Social Follow-Up Activities: Once each season, Fall,
Winter, Spring (ie: tailgate party before home game, movie night, etc.) Dates TBD by Lion Link Crew Student Leaders.
• Leader Initiated Contacts: Leaders will stay in contact with
Freshman group on a regular basis throughout the school year.

Link Crew Overview

Link Crew is a high school transition program:
Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew trains mentors from the junior and senior classes to be leaders. As positive role models, Link Crew leaders guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school. Link Crew’s goal is to provide a structure in which students make real connections with each other. Freshmen learn that people at school care about them and their success and leaders experience increased self-esteem as well as overall character development.

There are 4 elements that make up a year-long Link Crew program:
 -- Academic Follow Ups: the Academic Follow Ups are powerful teaching tools that are presented by a select group of Link leaders and their main goal is to help 9th graders ease the transition into high school. These are designed to educate and inspire as well as give the 9th graders specific tools needed to be successful in high school.
-- Social Follow Ups: the Social Follow Ups facilitate the 9th graders’ connections to their Link Leaders and their Link Group as well as connection to each other as a class.
-- Leader Initiated Contacts: Link Leaders are called upon to step up on their own to contact 9th graders throughout the year.
-- Link Leader Meetings & Development: regularly scheduled meeting where the Link Crew Leaders are educated, celebrated, informed and motivated in order to maintain energy for their role as leaders throughout the year.

Preparation – All Link Leaders attend an intensive 12-hour training prior to orientation. Topics include group management, leading activities and discussions, and dealing with problem situations that might arise.
Orientation – Link Crew orientation is a combination of opening and closing assemblies and a small group session of 10 students led by a Link Crew Leader.
Yearlong Support – The same Link Leader that led the new students on orientation day will provide social and academic support throughout the school year. Link Leaders are also trained to teach life skills lessons (scheduled during Community Period) during the year.

•    Link Crew is a Leadership training program.
Bellarmine’s juniors and seniors will be trained in team building activities, cooperative skill development, and discussion skills. They become leaders, motivators, role models, and teachers to the freshmen.

•    Link Crew is a school community building program.
Link Crew is based on a simple concept: linking freshmen with successful upperclassmen. Link Crew provides the structure for freshmen to receive support and guidance from juniors and seniors who have been through the challenges that high school poses – socially and academically.

Link Crew’s goal is to provide Bellarmine Preparatory School with a structure in which students make real connections with each other thus creating a positive school climate.