Educational Projects

Solving Problems, Adding Value, Implementating Ideas

Wilmington College Leadership Program Guidebook (Front)
Wilmington Leadership Program
“...his ideas, contacts, resources and positive energy get things moving, stuff happening, and people having fun with purpose and direction.”
“Your enthusiasm is contagious and has sparked us to create a broader vision as to how we can strengthen leaders in Ohio. You expertly guided us through the roadblocks.”
The Ohio State University
Beth Flynn, Program Specialist
Ohio State University Leadership Center
Beyond the Sidelines: Lessons in Leadership
“Students acquired a foundation on which to build and shape their ideas for the best way to implement a leadership program.”
Miami University Harry T Wilks Leadership Institute
“Finding the Leader in You”
Every year from 1999 to 2013, Fran Kick helped KICK-off this unique collaborative event with 8th-10th grade students from across the Cincinnati Metropolitan Region with Great Oaks, one of the largest career and technical education districts in the United States.
Great Oaks Career Campuses
In 2008 and 2009, the North American Simulation and Gaming Association presented a one-day Teacher/Educator program at their annual conference. Fran coordinated with each State Department of Education to secure professional development C.E.U. credits for participating teachers. Lined up clinicians, scheduled the program, provided promotional flyers and web site support. In addition, follow-up handout materials and evaluations were created and sent to all teachers following the program.
NASAGA: North American Simulation and Gaming Association

Volunteers of America, the Major League Baseball Players Trust, and the Cincinnati Reds created an Action Team to encourage high school students to get involved in their communities and help those in need. Action Teams, composed of Major League baseball players and area high school students who are selected as Team Captains, work together to deliver an important message to students that volunteering is cool, fun and personally rewarding. Nationwide more than 14,000 high school volunteers have helped over 60,000 people in their communities. Fran Kick was asked to create and deliver the Team Captain Orientation in 2008, Presenting Yourself as a Leader.

Originally created in 1994, this one-day, 12-hour, non-stop experiential leadership adventure was developed with Frank Crockett, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). Bringing Fran’s high-energy presentations together with Frank’s high-level ropes course experiences, the program integrated leadership and team building theory for student leaders.
Developed largely as an expansion of the KICK IT IN & HIT THE ROPES program, this week long program incorporated additional study skills, superior learning strategies, adventure challenges and reflective goal setting journeys. MegaCamp was designed for 13-17 year old students in junior high, middle, and high school from across the Midwest.
Mega Camp: The Ultimate Summer Experience
The first Business Professionals of America National Leadership Academy was created for BPA in 2004 as a two-day college/high school student leadership program. In 2005, we added a junior high/middle school student leadership program. The BPA Leadership Academy continued fifteen consecutive years from 2004-2018 as the premier, interactively engaging, cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary leadership learning experience for business education students.
BPA
Fran has worked with this not-for-profit youth focused organization since 1990 as both a speaker/clinician and consultant. In 1998-99 his efforts focused more on developing the Leadership Weekend Experience and culminated in coordinating schedule, staff, curriculum and overall design for 500-700 student participants from across the U.S. for this weekend event. He continues to work with and actively serves as a leadership consultant.
Music for All
Created as a half-hour after-school special television show, Fran worked as host and served as one of the co-producers. The project involved extensive on-the-street, in-the-schools and at-the-mall interviews as well as in-studio small group discussions. In addition to the show, six discussion starter videos were developed as ten-minute openers for KICKing off small group dialogue on subjects such as: parents, teachers, family, friends, TV and the media.
WRGT Fox-45 Logo
In 2008, Fran Kick was approached to develop a simple middle school behavioral modification pilot program to help focus attention on the positive things happening in school and nurture more intrinsic or self-motivation within students.
Centerville City Schools
The YMCA of Greater Dayton wanted to KICK off their Teens in Action Mentors Matter program with an interactive presentation that would help “plant the seeds” for the entire summer series—for both adult mentors and teens. Adult mentors worked with participating teens ages 12 to 17 years old sharing golf lessons + life lessons once a week all summer long.
YMCA
The City of Kettering Parks & Recreation Administration in cooperation with the Kettering Youth Council retained Fran to facilitate a Town Hall Meeting. In addition to designing the meeting format and activities, Fran prepared a report to document the process and the ideas collected.
City of Kettering
In 2010, Fran Kick with Cub Scout Pack 148 created “The Patch You Don’t Need For Doing A Good Deed” and shared it in 2011 with the Miami Valley Council’s University of Scouting Keynote “KICK IT IN Scouting!”
Boy Scouts of America
Fran Kick created a series of university campus presentations across the state of Ohio to reach more college students and to build attendance for a statewide conference. In addition, he presented a multi-generational inspiringly interactive keynote at the Optimist International Convention.
Optimist International
CPS wanted to host an event for every eighth-grade student who attended any of the thirty K-8 schools in the district. This program served as a culminating experience for the 2008-09 Ninth-Grade Application Period, when each student selects which high school they wish to attend. The goal was to help eighth-graders take what they learned about careers and connect them to one of the Career-Technical Pathways offered in any one of the district’s seventeen high schools.
Cincinnati Public Schools
The Washington-Centerville Public Library approached Fran to speak at their annual Good Life Award Ceremony and consult in the creation of a full-page newspaper kidsINK activity page. Fran also created a series of classroom activities for teachers to use in conjunction with this writing contest.
Fran Kick was the narrator for the library’s 2011 informational video Your Library: The Key to it All! Two 20-minute versions of the video were created: one for broadcast on television in October of 2011 and one for distribution via YouTube.
Break Ranks! was a season-long podcast series for the marching band activity launched in 2005 with Bands of America. Created by Edward R. Murrow National Award-Winning News Broadcaster Dan Potter, Fran Kick wrote and recorded 6 short season-specific segments for use during this weekly podcast.
Fran Kick created and delivered an 8-year summer series of pre-concert, stadium-sized, leadership, team-building events across the U.S. Presenting 48 programs in 15 different collegiate and NFL stadiums including: Lucas Oil Stadium, the Alamodome, the Georgia Dome, and Detroit’s Ford Field with 500 to 5,000 students attending each program.

Fran Kick produces and coordinates this biannual collaboration of 9 national arts associations bringing thousands of college students from more than 183 different campuses to Indianapolis every August and November since 2009.

Fran Kick

FRAN KICK, M.A. Educational Psychology, CSP, is an author, professional speaker, and consulting advisor to various people, organizations, and companies. He helps organizations as well as individuals see things differently so they can solve problems, collaboratively create solutions, and engage more people in the process of “making things happen.”

Your wonderful insights and suggestions helped move us forward light years in our thinking.

Garee Earnest, Ph.D.
The Ohio State Leadership Center