Read what everyone is saying about bringing the “Can I Kiss You?” program to their schools
Below are reactions, letters, and evaluations from students, educators and survivors throughout the country:
Review: “We thought your presentation was great…”
We thought your presentation was great, your rapport with the kids was terrific and the subject matter was right on target. The way we gauge if something is a success is if the kids are still talking about it a few days later. Needless to say, we heard tons of positive feedback from the students (and the PE /Health teachers too). I have already recommended you to the other School Based Youth Services Programs in New Jersey at the annual director’s retreat last week. Thanks for helping us make our Wellness Week a great success!
Counselor Sussex County Technical High School (NJ)
Review: “After his performance, the students talked for days about it…”
After his performance, the students talked for days about it, and many students sought the counsel of faculty and friends to talk about issues his comments raised. I sincerely recommend Mike to any school looking for a fun and fresh way to educate their students about dating and relationship dynamics, sexual assault, and open minds.”
Health Program Coordinator, The Kent School
(Boarding School in CT)
Review: “Thank you for giving the students a practical solution…”
I recently had the opportunity to bring my class to your presentation at Hilo High School. Thank you for giving the students practical solutions to the problem of how to intervene when they see a situation going wrong. At least in Hawaii, many situations that used to spur a call for help (i.e. fighting) have become spectator “sports.” Thank you for reminding students that part of what makes us human is our willingness to help others in need.
Please also convey my thanks to your sister for having the strength to let what was a misery become a ministry to others. As you were recounting her story, I was deeply moved, which reminded me to see how my students were reacting. Based on what I saw, I expect to have at least two girls who will want to talk more. I now know to give them a message of strength, not pity.
Mahalo nui loa,
Hilo High School in Hilo (Hawaii)
Review: “The faculty was in awe…”
I know you’ll check your email tonight and I just wanted to thank you again for providing such wonderful programs today. The faculty was in awe of the way you had the high school kids in the palm of your hand! My daughter and her friends we’re at our house this afternoon and they said the program ‘was awesome’. The ultimate compliment from a teenager! I thought it was great to see so many kids turn out this evening. You’ll be a tough act to follow. You’ll be interested to know that the administrators at Saint Stephen’s are already taking about having you come back!
St. Stephen’s M.S. and H.S. in Bradenton (FL)
Review: “I wanted to let you know that the program was fantastic”
Mike, my students interacted with you during your program at St. Peter’s school in East Troy, Wisconsin on Monday. I wanted to let you know that the program was fantastic. You did a great job imparting lessons and strategies for the kids to take with them. I was apprehensive at first because I saw the clip online and didn’t know if you would gear your discussion to middle schoolers, but I shouldn’t have worried. Your language and examples were right on target for our age group. They were riveted in their seats when you talked about your sister. They asked good questions and were genuinely interested because of your active, engaging style. . I was particularly touched when you talked about girls paying their own way. This empowers young women and gives them back a semblance of control. Our generation was not taught that concept.
Thanks for sharing with the kids. I have included three referrals in this email. I hope the principals at the schools have you put on a program for them. Thanks again.
Teacher St. Charles School Burlington (WI)