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MADI DETTLINGER ’13 | Staff Writer

A new mentorship program called Link Crew will be starting up next year, said English and Debate teacher Dennis Pascoe.

Link Crew is a program that assigns two junior or senior students to mentor 10 freshmen throughout the course of the year, Pascoe said. That way, students just starting at South will be more acclimated to the school.

“It’s a really great program to help students feel like a part of South and to build the community,” said Pascoe. “We want to make sure that everyone gets to know each other and no one feels out of place.”

Pascoe got the idea for Link Crew when he was teacher at De La Salle and has wanted to implement it for a long time. The program will be an after-school activity, with training sessions for mentors in May and August and monthly meetings, Pascoe said.

“The idea is that freshmen have someone to come to when they need help,” said Pascoe. “Maybe they (the mentors and freshmen) could meet up for lunch once a month, or have study sessions during exams.”

Jordan Reece ’15 said that he thinks having a mentor would have helped him greatly at the start of the year.

“I had a lot of trouble finding my classes and I think the program would have helped me,” said Reece.

Pascoe said that they will be looking for 80-90 incoming juniors and seniors to become mentors. Applications for Link Crew will be available in mid-February in the office, the cafeteria and Pascoe’s room.

“They (students) can fill out an application and then we’ll talk to their teachers for references,” said Pascoe. “It’s not all about academics. We’re looking for kids who want to be leaders and make a positive mark on the school.”

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