Anti-Bullying Programs, Link Crew and WEB, Inspire Academic Achievement and Behavioral Change in Schools
The Boomerang Project’s anti-bullying programs, Link Crew and WEB, support National Anti-Bullying Month initiatives through orientation and peer mentoring programs.
SANTA CRUZ, CA – October 4, 2012 – With bullying awareness taking the forefront during October’s National Anti-Bullying Month, The Boomerang Project is pleased to announce their continuing support of the cause through their Link Crew and WEB peer mentoring programs. Over the last 20 years, The Boomerang Project’s bullying prevention initiatives and peer-mentoring programs have helped inspire behavioral change and improve academic achievement in over 3,000 schools across North America.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 33 percent of students who are bullied report it happening in classrooms, while the National Education Association reports that only 55 percent of teachers have received training on bullying policies at their schools. The Boomerang Project combats these issues by training educators to facilitate peer mentoring using leadership and group development methodologies.
Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew and WEB peer mentoring programs train upperclassmen to be Link Crew and WEB Leaders who set the example of how students should treat each other, thus changing the entire culture of schools across North America. As positive role models, these Link Crew and WEB Leaders are mentors and student leaders; they lead School Orientations, Academic Follow Ups, Social Follow Ups, and Leader Initiated Contacts to advise, unite, and inspire new students.
The Boomerang Project’s goal is to provide schools with a structure in which students make real connections with each other, thus increasing school safety and reducing the incidence of bullying with anti-bullying education. This orientation and bullying prevention program impacts over one million students each year in 48 states and 4 Canadian provinces, leading to increased attendance, decreased discipline referrals and improved academic performance.
The Boomerang Project’s anti-bullying programs have been proven to act as vehicles of change for academic achievement and school behavioral outcomes over the past 20 years. In 2011, schools with The Boomerang Project’s Link Crew program experienced nearly a 40 percent decrease in discipline referrals, a 20 percent decrease in suspensions, and close to a 35 percent decrease in absences. Additionally, 181 schools that run Link Crew programs were named in Newsweek's ‘America’s Best High Schools 2012’ lists, including Pacific Collegiate School of Santa Cruz which ranked #14 in ‘Newsweek’s Top 20 Schools: West’ and #70 of all US high schools. Schools with Link Crew also have a notable presence in “Best of” lists; including US News & World Report’s ‘Best High Schools in the US,’ with 70 Link Crew schools listed in and the Top 500.
Looking to support National Anti-Bullying Month in your school? Visit the website of The Boomerang Project’s sister company, Boom Boom! Cards, to purchase anti-bullying posters for your classroom, library, or office.
To learn more about The Boomerang Project’s peer mentoring, anti-bullying and student transition programs, please visit http://www.boomerangproject.com/.
About The Boomerang Project
The Boomerang Project, located in Santa Cruz, California, is an educational consulting company that focuses on creating a positive school climate and enhancing student success through orientation, transition and leadership programs. The programs, Link Crew and WEB, have been successfully transforming schools for over 20 years. For more information, please visit http://www.boomerangproject.com/.
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