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Mariah, age 16, Minnesota
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Remember when you first walked through the doors of your high school as a freshman? How did you feel? Scared? Alone? Inferior?

The Link Crew project is a leadership program that acts as a high school freshman orientation program. Link Crew is comprised of upperclassmen who are linked with freshmen during their first year at high school. Link Crew Leaders are positive role models for the freshman class, as they transition from middle to high school, by bridging the gap between freshmen and the older students. Link Leaders help inform freshmen about local and school activities to help them get involved within their school. This program was founded in 1993 and may already be utilized within your high school's walls. However, if your school is unfamiliar with the Link Crew project, I would personally recommend this program to every high school out there.

To become a Link Leader, students have to apply, usually at the counseling center in their school. Link Leaders go through two days of training before the beginning of the school year. Every Link Leader is assigned a group of freshman students, and they plan and supervise activities for the freshman orientation and throughout the school year. Weekly meetings, school functions, and tutoring are among the standard Link Crew activities. Conflict resolution and time management may also be topics brought up by Link Leaders.

The Boomerang Project (the "bigger picture" for the Link Crew program) awards ten scholarships to seniors who have made an outstanding contribution to the well-being of the freshmen at their school.

With the help of the Link Crew program, your school can improve the attendance, discipline, and success of the incoming freshman students.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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