Retreats with Fran Kick

For Student and Adult Groups

We have KICKed IT IN with retreat groups from 40 to 4,000! Interactively inspiring both students and the many adults who work with students to really make things happen. If you want to know What Makes Kids KICK or just take a huge next step to making your retreat a success, contact Fran Kick.

Retreat participant Kicks It In with Fran Kick

Retreats for Students & Staff from grades 6–12 to college-age have KICKed IT IN with Fran Kick at class retreats, school lock-ins, leadership workshops, team-building programs, peer leader training, and annual retreat events.

Topics for presentation themes include:

  • Paying attention and responding appropriately
  • The more you put into it, the more you get out of it
  • What you put into it, is what you get out of it
  • If you’re whining, griping and complaining, having a terrible time—maybe that’s why!
  • Positive attitude vs. negative attitude—you ultimately make the difference
  • Getting involved and cooperatively contributing
  • The discipline of focus and the power of attention
  • Positively reinforcing yourself and others to make positive choices
  • Leading by example—because you can’t lead others until you lead yourself


Wendy Roop, Director of Strategic Development
McGohan Brabender
Thank you again for helping facilitate our retreat this past Monday with the 25 people from MB gathered together for a day at Aileron to focus on leadership. I love working with and hanging out with you! We received positive feedback and everyone really enjoyed you and the value you brought to us.Wendy Roop

Jason Divis
Washburn University/RYLA Leadership Experience
The energy and life that you bring to your KICK-off program really engages the students and starts them thinking about leadership and making a change. The students not only loved the program, but also found the exercises in your workbook fun and entertaining, as well as educational. There's no way that we could have scheduled 4 hours of 'lecture' and kept the students attention without your workbook. You make it FUN so the students WORK and then they become GOOD at retaining what they've learned.RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Mary Ann Lansdale
New Canaan Country School, Connecticut
Thanks for your note and suggestions, I really appreciate it. We are always looking for ways to improve what we do. Thank you for all you’re doing to make our Leadership trip the best ever. Please save next year for us—week of April 20-24.Mary Ann Landsdale

Nancy Friley, Student Activities Coordinator
St. Petersburg Junior College, Florida
I know that it can be difficult to keep the attention and enthusiasm of a group of eighty-seven diverse students; especially when you are the sole facilitator for two days. However, that never seemed to be a problem for you! You were high energy from the first day to the last. My students learned a lot about leadership and motivation from your program. Your genuine sincerity is evident in your presentation and the students can really feel that! Your message was right on point and I would highly recommend you to anyone who organizes regional events for students or adults. Thank you again for joining our retreat.St. Petersburg Junior College

Henry Leck, Founder and Artistic Director
Indianapolis Children's Choir
For three hours our singers were completely engaged. You showed through games, how effective a group can be when they work together. You demonstrated how important it is to observe group dynamics and to begin to understand when it is important to be a leader and when to allow others to take a lead role. More important than anything, you taught our kids to reach out, meet new people and grab a hold of life. I am very appreciative that you were able to be a part of this important retreat.Henry Leck

Danielle Turcola, President
NSA Ohio (f/k/a Ohio Speakers Forum)
The leadership team of the Ohio Speakers Forum continues to sing your praises six months after you facilitated our Board Retreat in June 2000. Thanks to your innovative program and the challenges you placed before us, we have become the most supportive, cohesive and committed leadership team in the ten years I've been a member. Your opening exercise provided an indelible experience giving each of the team members the right to express their own opinion in a safe environment. Again, thank you for all the preparation you did to incorporate examples that supported my vision for the OSF 2000-2001 term. We are accomplishing so much because you helped us to Kick It In!NSA Ohio

Tony Ferraro, Executive Director
Royalmont Academy, Ohio
Each year at our annual Fall Banquet we have 5-6 students give short speeches. The students have to audition to be picked and in answering the question, ‘How has Royalmont prepared me to be a Christian leader?’ 100% of the 8th graders mentioned your retreat as a key element to their formation! Plus, this year our 8th graders put on a leadership retreat for the 6th and 7th grade that went very well thanks to you!Tony Feraro


Details & Setup Requested


Group Size: As few as 40 to audiences as large as 10,800+ Fran Kick interactively inspires students to be self-motivated and develop the personal leadership they need to succeed.

Program Length: Available for 30-, 40-, 45-, 60-, or 90-minute presentations for any event as well as 3-hour (half-day) and 6-hour (full-day) for workshops.

Room Setup Options

Fran’s goal at every event is to be the easiest speaker you’ve ever dealt with. His setup needs are few and because every program is different, every location is different, every audience is different, we’ll always confirm exact setup and AV requests prior to the program. There are however a few items that are typically suggested:

Auditorium/Theater: Perfect with open empty stage, well lit and house lights up—no spot lights.

Convention/Multi-Purpose Meeting Rooms: Set with chairs (ideally no tables) in a curved-row theater-style arrangement. This Audience-Centered Seating™ approach creates the most comfortable, viewable, and focused presentation possible. If the audience size will be over 400 and the room has a flat floor, a few 12–24 inch high platform risers would be suggested.

Gymnasium: Only if none of the above rooms are available, please sit students on one side, with any additional students sitting on the floor (2nd choice) or in chairs (1st choice) in front of the gymnasium bleachers.

A/V Requested

Microphone: Wireless hand-held (1st choice) or wired with plenty lots of cord (2nd choice).

A/V: Large flip pad of paper on an easel with markers. NO PowerPoint® will be used!

Added A/V requests for workshops:
TV monitor or video projector with a DVD player (not a laptop)
Enough room for activities (on stage or by moving chairs)

Again, all these items are listed here simply for pre-planning purposes. Any and all AV requests will be finalized prior to the program. For an easy-to-share, PDF version of this setup information, please download and print out the following file:

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Letters of Reference

Letters of Reference

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Client List


Adams Central High School, Monroe, Indiana
Allegan High School, Allegan, Michigan
Alter High School, Kettering, Ohio
Amelia High School, Batavia, Ohio
American Fork High School, American Fork, Utah
Angleton High School, Angleton, Texas
Angola High School, Angola, Indiana
Anthony Wayne High School, Whitehouse, Ohio
Arcadia High School, Arcadia, Ohio
Baker Hall School, Lackawanna, New York
Baker Junior High School, Fairborn, Ohio
Baker Middle School, Marion, Ohio
Ballard High School, Louisville, Kentucky
Batavia High School, Batavia, Ohio
Beavercreek High School, Beavercreek, Ohio
Beech Grove High School, Beech Grove, Indiana
Belhaven Avenue Middle School, Linwood, New Jersey
Bellbrook High School, Bellbrook, Ohio
Bellbrook Junior High School, Bellbrook, Ohio
Belleville High School, Belleville, Michigan
Belmont High School, Dayton, Ohio
Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
Benton High School, Benton, Arkansas
Berlin High School, Berlin, Connecticut
Black River Middle School, Sullivan, Ohio
Blackford High School, Hartford City, Indiana
Blackhawk High School, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Blanchester High School, Blanchester, Ohio
Bloomfield Hills-Andover HS, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Bloomfield Middle School, Bloomfield, Kentucky
Blue Springs High School, Blue Springs, Missouri
Bogle Junior High School, Chandler, Arizona
Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green, Ohio
Bridgewater-Raritan High School, New Jersey
Brockport High School, Brockport, New York
Brush High School, Lyndhurst, Ohio
Buchanan High School, Buchanan, Michigan
Bullen Junior High School, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Butler High School, Vandalia, Ohio
Butler Technology & Career Development Schools, Fairfield, Ohio
Butte High School, Butte, Montana
Campbell County High School, Alexandria, Kentucky
Cape Girardeau Central High School, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Capitan High School, Capitan, New Mexico
Carlisle High School, Carlisle, Ohio
Carolina Forest High School, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Carroll High School, Dayton, Ohio
Carroll High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Carson Middle School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Catoosa High School, Catoosa, Oklahoma
Cedarville Schools, Cedarville, Ohio
Celina Jr./Sr. High School, Celina, Ohio
Centerville City Schools, Centerville, Ohio
Centerville High School, Centerville, Ohio
Central Catholic High School, Toledo, Ohio
Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, Lexington, Kentucky
Central Middle School, Nederland, Texas
Chaminade-Julienne High School, Dayton, Ohio
Chandler High School, Chandler, Arizona
Choteau Jr./Sr. High School, Choteau, Montana
Cincinnati Christian School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati, Ohio
Greater Cincinnati Tech Prep Consortium, Ohio
Claymont Middle School, Dennison, Ohio
Clinton-Massie High School, Clarksville, Ohio
Concord High School, Elkhart, Indiana
Concord Junior High School, Elkhart, Indiana
Copley High School, Copley, Ohio
Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, Arizona
Cordell High School, Cordell, Oklahoma
Coventry High School, Akron, Ohio
Covington Church of the Brethren Youth Group, Covington, Ohio
Crestwood High School, Mantua, Ohio
Cypress Falls High School, Houston, Texas
D.C. Everest High School, Schofield, Wisconsin
Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut
Daniel Morgan Middle School, Winchester, Virginia
Danville High School, Danville, Illinois
Davis Middle School, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Dayton Catholic Elementary, Dayton, Ohio
Deer Park High School, Deer Park, Texas
Delaware Hayes High School, Delaware, Ohio
Delphos Jefferson High School, Delphos, Ohio
Department of Catholic Education, Buffalo, New York
Dexter High School, Dexter, New Mexico
Diocese of Salina Schools, Salina, Kansas
Dobson High School, Mesa, Arizona
Dover High School, Dover, Ohio
Dover Middle School, Dover, Ohio
Dumas High School, Dumas, Texas
Dunckel Middle School, Farmington Hills, Michigan
Durand Area High School, Durand, Michigan
Duxbury Jr./Sr. High School, Duxbury, Massachusetts
East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma
East Clinton High School, Lees Creek, Ohio
East Jackson High School, Jackson, Michigan
East Jackson Middle School, East Jackson, Michigan
East Knox High School, Howard, Ohio
East Middle School, Great Falls, Montana
East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas
Eastern Heights Junior High School, Elyria, Ohio
Eastwood Middle School, Pemberville, Ohio
Edison Middle School, Wheaton, Illinois
Edison Middle School, Marion, Ohio
Elko High School, Elko, Nevada
Ellet High School, Akron, Ohio
Elwood Community High School, Elwood, Indiana
Erie Central High School, Erie, Pennsylvania
Fairborn High School, Fairborn, Ohio
Fairfield High School, Fairfield, Ohio
Fairfield Intermediate School, Fairfield, Ohio
Fairfield High School, Leesburg, Ohio
Fairview Senior High School, Camden, Arkansas
Farmington High School, Farmington, Michigan
Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, Ohio
Ferguson Junior High School, Beavercreek, Ohio
Floydada High School, Floydada, Texas
Floydada I.S.D., Floydada, Texas
Floydada Junior High School, Floydada, Texas
Flushing High School, Flushing, Michigan
Fort Recovery High School, Fort Recovery, Ohio
Fort Recovery Middle School, Fort Recovery, Ohio
Franklin High School, Franklin, Ohio
Fremont High School, Fremont, Michigan
Friendswood High School, Friendswood, Texas
Friona High School, Friona, Texas
Friona Junior High School, Friona, Texas
Gateway High School, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Gettysburg Elementary School, Gettysburg, Ohio
Girl Scouts Great Rivers Council, Cincinnati, Ohio
Glen Este High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Glen Oak High School, Canton, Ohio
Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, Illinois
Goshen High School, Goshen, Ohio
Grafton High School, Yorktown, Virginia
Grant Career Center, Bethel, Ohio
Great Falls Public Schools, Great Falls, Montana
Great Oaks Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio
Greene County Career Center, Xenia, Ohio
Greeneview High School, Jamestown, Ohio
Greeneview Middle School, Jamestown, Ohio
Greenville High School, Greenville, Ohio
Greenfield Central High School, Greenfield, Indiana
Greenville City Schools, Greenville, Ohio
Gridley Middle School, Tucson, Arizona
Hammond Area Career Center, Hammond, Indiana
Harbor Creek High School, Harbor Creek, Pennsylvania
Harlandale High School, San Antonio, Texas
Harrison High School, Harrison, Ohio
Harrison Junior High School, Harrison, Ohio
Hart High School, Newhall, California
Hawley Middle School, Creedmoor, North Carolina
Henderson County High School, Henderson, Kentucky
Heritage High School, Saginaw, Michigan
Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, Ohio
Holy Family Catholic School, Dayton, Ohio
Holy Family School, LeRoy, New York
Hudson High School, Hudson, Ohio
Hughesville Jr./Sr. High School, Hughesville, Pennsylvania
Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Indianapolis, Indiana
Irmo High School, Columbia, South Carolina
Irmo Middle School, Columbia, South Carolina
Irondale High School, New Brighton, Minnesota
Jefferson Schools, Missoula, Montana
Jefferson Forest High School, Forest, Virginia
Jobs for Graduates, Inc., Dayton, Ohio
John Handley High School, Winchester, Virginia
Katy High School, Katy, Texas
Kettering-Fairmont High School, Kettering, Ohio
Kell High School, Marietta, Georgia
Kempner High School, Sugar Land, Texas
Kingman High School, Kingman, Arizona
Kiski Area High School, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
Knox County Career Center, Mount Vernon, Ohio
Lafayette High School, Lafayette, Louisiana
Lakeview High School, St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Lakota East High School, Liberty Township, Ohio
Lakota West High School, West Chester, Ohio
Langley High School, McLean, Virginia
LaSalle High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Laurel Oaks Career Development Campus, Wilmington, Ohio
Leadership Clinton, Wilmington, Ohio
Lebanon High School, Lebanon, Ohio
Lehman Catholic High School, Sidney, Ohio
Lely High School, Naples, Florida
Lemon-Monroe High School, Monroe, Ohio
Lemont Township High School, Lemont, Illinois
Lima Central Catholic High School, Lima, Ohio
Lima St. Charles School, Lima, Ohio
Louisville High School, Louisville, Ohio
Louisville Middle School, Louisville, Ohio
Loveland City Schools, Loveland, Ohio
Loveland Hurst Middle School, Loveland, Ohio
Lubbock I.S.D., Lubbock, Texas
Lynchburg-Clay Jr./Sr. High School, Lynchburg, Ohio
Mad River Middle School, Riverside, Ohio
Madison Consolidated Jr./Sr. High School, Madison, Indiana
Madison High School, Madison, South Dakota
Magsig Middle School, Centerville, Ohio
Manor High School, Manor, Texas
Mariemont High School, Ohio
Marion Harding High School, Marion, Ohio
Marlington High School, Alliance, Ohio
Marple Newtown High School, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Mars High School, Mars, Pennsylvania
Marshfield High School, Marshfield, Massachusetts
Maumee High School, Maumee, Ohio
McAuliffe Middle School, San Antonio, Texas
McCallum High School, Austin, Texas
McDowell Intermediate HS, Erie, Pennsylvania
McEachern High School, Powder Springs, Georgia
McKinley Middle School, Portsmouth, Ohio
McNair Middle School, San Antonio, Texas
Meadowbrook High School, Byesville, Ohio
Memorial High School, Houston, Texas
Memorial Junior High School, Lyndhurst, Ohio
Memphis City Schools, Memphis, Tennessee
Mercer County Schools, Celina, Ohio
Merrillville High School, Merrillville, Indiana
Miami Chapel Elementary, Dayton, Ohio
Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Clayton, Ohio
Miamisburg High School, Miamisburg, Ohio
Middletown High School, Middletown, Ohio
Mona Shores Junior High School, Muskegon, Michigan
Monsignor Farrell High School, Staten Island, New York
Moon Area High School, Pennsylvania
Morristown East High School, Morristown, Tennessee
Mound Elementary School, Miamisburg, Ohio
Mount Pleasant High School, Mount Pleasant, Texas
Mount Vernon High School, Alexandria, Virginia
Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix, Arizona
Muscatine High School, Muscatine, Iowa
Nardin Academy High School, Buffalo, New York
National Trail High School, New Paris, Ohio
Nebraska Council of Youth, Columbus, Nebraska
Nelson County High School, Bardstown, Kentucky
New Canaan Country School, New Canaan, Connecticut
New Haven Middle School, New Haven, Kentucky
New Horizons APRC, Clinton, Oklahoma
New Miami High School, Hamilton, Ohio
New Miami High School, Hamilton, Ohio
New Philadelphia High School, New Philadelphia, Ohio
Newnan High School, Newnan, Georgia
Newton High School, Pleasant Hill, Ohio
Norcross High School, Norcross, Georgia
Nordson Corporation Partnership in Education Program, Amherst, Ohio
North College Hill Jr./Sr. High School, North College Hill, Ohio
North Hardin High School, Radcliff, Kentucky
North High School, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
North Lamar High School, Paris, Texas
Northmont High School, Clayton, Ohio
Northmor High School, Galion, Ohio
Northview High School, Brazil, Indiana
Northwest High School, McDermott, Ohio
Norton High School, Norton, Ohio
Notre Dame School, Clarendon, Illinois
Novi High School, Novi, Michigan
Oak Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Odebolt-Arthur High School, Odebolt, Iowa
Odebolt-Arthur Middle School, Arthur, Iowa
Old Kentucky Home Middle School, Bardstown, Kentucky
Onate High School, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Orange High School, Pepper Pike, Ohio
Oregon High School, Oregon, Wisconsin
Oregon Middle School, Medford, New York
Otsego High School, Tontogany, Ohio
Our Lady of Sorrows School, Farmington, Michigan
Our Lady Of The Rosary School, Dayton, Ohio
Paoli Jr./Sr. High School, Paoli, Indiana
Parkway Local Schools, Rockford, Ohio
Paul Harding High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Paxon Hollow Middle School, Broomall, Pennsylvania
Penn Cambria High School, Cresson, Pennsylvania
Perry High School, Cridersville, Ohio
Pickerington High School, Pickerington, Ohio
Pipestone High School, Pipestone, Minnesota
Polaris Career Center, Middleburg Heights, Ohio
Pope High School, Marietta, Georgia
Portage High School, Portage, Indiana
Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth, Ohio
Power Middle School, Farmington, Michigan
Radcliff Heights Middle School, Dayton, Ohio
Resurrection Catholic School, Dayton, Ohio
Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, New Jersey
Ripley Jr./Sr. High School, Ripley, Ohio
Rittman High School, Rittman, Ohio
River Hill High School, Clarksville, Maryland
Robstown High School, Robstone, Texas
Roger Bacon High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Roosevelt Middle School, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Roundup Jr./Sr. High School, Roundup, Montana
Royalmont Academy, Mason, Ohio
Ryle High School, Union, Kentucky
Sabino High School, Tucson, Arizona
Schuyler Colfax Middle School, Wayne, New Jersey
Seneca Valley High School, Harmony, Pennsylvania
Seneca Valley Middle School, Harmony, Pennsylvania
Shawnee High School, Lima, Ohio
Shiloh Junior High School, Parma, Ohio
Shorewood High School, Shorewood, Wisconsin
Solon High School, Solon, Ohio
South Granville High School, Creedmoor, North Carolina
South Lakes High School, Reston, Virginia
SouthBrook Christian Church Youth Group, Dayton, Ohio
Southeastern High School, South Charleston, Ohio
Southfield-Lathrup High School, Lathrup Village, Michigan
Spinning Hills Middle School, Dayton, Ohio
Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio
Springfield/Clark County JVS, Springfield, Ohio
St. Albert the Great School, Kettering, Ohio
St. Croix Jr./Sr. High School, Solon Springs, Wisconsin
St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis, Missouri
St. Joseph School, Sylvania, Ohio
St. Luke School, Dayton, Ohio
St. Mary’s Area High School, St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania
St. Mary’s High School, St. Marys, Ohio
St. Rita High School, Chicago, Illinois
St. Ursula Villa School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Stebbins High School, Dayton, Ohio
Stillwater High School, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Strongsville High School, Strongsville, Ohio
Sweet Grass County High School, Big Timber, Montana
Sycamore Junior High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
T.R. Miller High School, Brewton, Alabama
Taft Middle School, Marion, Ohio
Talawanda High School, Oxford, Ohio
Talawanda Middle School, Oxford, Ohio
Tarkington High School, Cleveland, Texas
Taylor High School, North Bend, Ohio
Tempe High School, Tempe, Arizona
Terre Haute North High School, Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute South High School, Terre Haute, Indiana
Texas City High School, Texas City, Texas
Thomas Jefferson High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Three Rivers Middle School, Cleves, Ohio
Tivy High School, Kerrville, Texas
Tri-County High School, Wolcott, Indiana
Triad Jr./Sr. High School, North Lewisburg, Ohio
Trinity High School, Washington, Pennsylvania
Troy High School, Troy, Ohio
Upper Sandusky High School, Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Urbana High School, Urbana, Ohio
Valley View High School, Germantown, Ohio
Valley View Middle School, Germantown, Ohio
Vandebilt Catholic High School, Houma, Louisiana
Vestavia Hills High School, Birmingham, Alabama
Villa Maria Academy High School, Cheektowaga, New York
Village Woods Middle School, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Walt Whitman Intermediate School, Alexandria, Virginia
Walton High School, Marietta, Georgia
Wapakoneta High School, Wapakoneta, Ohio
Wapakoneta Middle School, Wapakoneta, Ohio
Warner Middle School, Farmington, Michigan
Warren Central High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
Warren County Career Center, Lebanon, Ohio
Warren Local School District, Vincent, Ohio
Warsaw Community High School, Warsaw, Indiana
Watkins Memorial High School, Pataskala, Ohio
Watts Middle School, Centerville, Ohio
West Bend High School, West Bend, Wisconsin
West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield, Michigan
West Jefferson High School, West Jefferson, Ohio
West Liberty-Salem Jr./Sr. High School, West Liberty, Ohio
West Orange High School, West Orange, New Jersey
Western High School, Parma, Michigan
Westlake High School, Westlake, Ohio
Westland High School, Galloway, Ohio
Wheaton North High School, Illinois
William S. Hart High School, Newhall, California
Williamsburg Jr./Sr. High School, Williamsburg, Ohio
Williamsport Area High School, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Williamsport Area School District, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Williamstown High School, Williamstown, Kentucky
Wilmington High School, Wilmington, Ohio
Winchester School District, Winchester, Virginia
Windsor High School, Imperial, Missouri
Withrow High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Woodward Academy, College Park, Georgia
Zanesville High School, Zanesville, Ohio