Seth Franco spoke at my school yesterday, and he was such a pleasure! Not only was he able to appeal to the kids with things as simple as music and sports, but he also was able to get their attention and speak to them about a serious topic! I also thought it was awesome that he was able to use a personal experience/hardship and turn it around into a positive story! What a great experience I know I had and my students had!

Jeuel Davis
Carroll Middle School

Seth and the other guys were awesome. The kids really enjoyed the presentation and were engaged the whole time. After the guys left I asked my class truthfully what they thought and they all really liked it. I asked what his story was about and almost all of them could tell me about Seth’s story in detail. Thank you so much for coming and inspiring our kids.

Courtney Lott
SanLee Middle School

Seth Franco presented to our Freshman Class this week. His talent was awesome and entertaining. His inspirational message touched our kids in ways that no one has been able. One student shared, “I can’t believe all that man has gone through and he is still successful.” Another said, “I have never met a pro basketball player before! That was cool!”

Sheila Evans
John A Holmes High School

Our students enjoyed Seth Franco message of self worth. When students talk about how powerful Seth came across and how meaningful his comments were you know he touched their minds in meaningful ways. I would encourage schools to have him come and speak to their students for an uplifting and inspirational message.

Thomas Gregory
Head of School

On behalf of Lawrence Academy, I would love to express how much we appreciated and enjoyed the presentation given by Seth Franco on Monday, September 16th . Our students ranged in grades from 5th – 12thand all were inspired. Not always an easy task to keep the attention of young people for an extended period of time, however, Seth’s talent and personal triumphs kept them attentive. Once again, we thank you

Treasa White

I heard both seniors and freshmen say they really enjoyed it. That’s great feedback from two very different audiences.

Kathryn Pate
English teacher

I thought this was great. Good message and good presentation. High impact.

We have 4 seniors 2nd period, and I got very positive feedback from all of them.

Thanks for setting this up.

Donna Hitchings
Media Center/Librarian

The other 3 staff members in the BST had a chance to attend the assemblies this morning, so I attended the last assembly. I thought that was one of the best speakers I have heard in a high school setting. He did a great job of keeping the message relevant for the student population. He also used humor/current music which kept the students engaged. Awesome Find!!

John Biezns
Teacher

What a great assembly!  Please come again!!

Anne Altman
Math teacher
He was awesome, our AU-IV students really enjoyed it! They especially loved having him teach them how to spin a basketball at the beginning of the assembly.
Katherine Gutschenritter
Special Programs Teacher- AU-IV

I wanted to take a minute and say thanks again for today at Sanderson High School. The positive feedback has been pouring in! Everyone is still talking about the assembly and it was great for our students.

Joquitta L. Dunnigan
Spanish Teacher
Preston came to speak to our year 7 through to year 12 students. Preston has amazing communication skills that keep students enthralled in what he saying the whole time. The students were on the edge of their seats, laughing one minute and crying the next.

Preston shared valuable life messages with our students that encouraged, inspired and challenged them in their daily journey of life. The staff also were inspired by Preston’s message and challenged about the vital role that teachers play in the life of students.

We would love to have Preston back anytime and recommend him to come and speak to students. This opportunity will empower students to make positive choices in their lives.

Lesley Lansdown
Flinders Community College

Last week Preston Centuolo spoke at our Junior school assembly. I would rate Preston as one of the greatest communicators to young people addressing youth issues such as bullying and making good choices. He engaged our students who were captivated by his humor and ability to speak directly to over 300 students in one room.

Many teachers have commented on how impressed they were and how the students carried on some of the themes in classroom discussion. The junior school have also implemented a project, placing posters around the school with messages from Preston.

I would recommend Preston Centuolo to speak in any school setting.

Jeff Andrews
Keysborough College

Seth spoke to our students in Year 7 to 10 and also showcased his repertoire of amazing basketball tricks. He presented a simple message that perseverance and making smart considered decisions would lead to the best possible outcomes in your life. He was careful not to be unrealistic or over the top but challenged students to think about the choices they were making. It was a measure of his link with the students that it took us about 15 minutes to get him to the car to go to his next school-they all wanted to chat!

Simon Clarke
South Oakleigh College

Seth spoke to the 7 and 8 co-ed students and had their attention from the moment they came into the room. Seth’s presentation was interactive with the students, as well as thoroughly engaging and his story was heart felt as well as relevant  At the end of the presentation, I could see alot of students were impacted and there were quite a number of students who wanted to talk with Seth afterwards-which was something he was very gracious about.

Christina Douglas
Kilvington Grammar School

Thank you so much for including us on Reggie Dabbs’ recent tour of the Marion County Schools. The students here at Kingsbury Academy certainly enjoyed his brief presentation. It’s obvious that he has a big impact on the student populations he addresses. We are always hopeful that these messages will reach our students in a positive way. I understand there were a number of staff and students who attended the public presentation in the community in the evening and they were significantly impressed.

Beth Nelson
Executive Director/Principal, Kingsbury Academy

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the “Youth Alliance” for bringing in such a dynamic speaker for the student body of Lake Weir High School. Our Students had the privilege to be a part of Reggie Dabbs presentation on April 27th and I have heard nothing but Rave Reviews! It is not often, that a stranger can come in and make an immediate impact. However, that is what your organization has done.

Cynthia Saunders
Principal, Lake Weir High School

I am writing to you in order to express your delighted gratitude. Our students completely enjoyed Seth’s visit. His inspiring story reinforced our Sailor Expectations, especially ‘I care attitude’ and ‘Always Responsible.’ The students couldn’t stop talking about his amazing basketball tricks and message. We truly appreciated Seth coming to our school and making such a positive impact on our students!

Ms. Badertscher
School Counselor Hugo Schmidt Elementary

Thank you so much for providing my students with the opportunity to listen to Mr. Seth Franco. Mr. Franco brought a very “close to home” message to our students, specifically about believing in themselves and not giving up. The message was further enhanced by demonstrating his basketball skills. Our students were excited to be able to interact with Mr. Franco up close and personal as he showed his tricks with the basketball.

Sundy Chazares
Principal Simmons Career Center

I am writing this letter as a recommendation for The Youth Alliance. Mike Nelson, Seth
Franco, and the staff of Youth Alliance are extremely professional and motivating. Our students
have been blessed to have Mr. Franco as a guest speaker two times in the past two years. His
demeanor is uplifting and his anti-bully message is well received by students of all grades,
genders, and ethnic backgrounds. I would highly recommend The Youth Alliance to any school
needing a motivational speaker.

Kimberly Anderson
Principal Pasco Middle School

Preston’s presentation was the most impressive performance I have had the pleasure to witness.

He successfully engaged all his audience in a manner that took our Year 10 students to a more positive and focussed outlook.

An outstanding motivator and communicator who has my unqualified support for further presentations at this college.

STUART BABER
Assistant Principal Bentleigh Secondary College

I am writing to you in order to express your delighted gratitude.   Our students completely enjoyed Seth’s visit.  His inspiring story reinforced our Sailor Expectations, especially ‘I care attitude’ and ‘Always Responsible.’  The students couldn’t stop talking about his amazing basketball tricks and message.  We truly appreciated Seth coming to our school and making such a positive impact on our students!

Ms. Badertscher
School Counselor Hugo Schmidt Elementary

I am writing this letter as a recommendation for The Youth Alliance. Mike Nelson, Seth Franco, and the staff of Youth Alliance are extremely professional and motivating. Our students have been blessed to have Mr. Franco as a guest speaker two times in the past two years. His demeanor is uplifting and his anti-bully message is well received by students of all grades, genders, and ethnic backgrounds. I would highly recommend The Youth Alliance to any school needing a motivational speaker.

Kimberly Anderson
Principal Pasco Middle School

The key to the success of all of the assemblies was a strong message of hope, responsibility and dealing with adversity in a positive manner delivered with humor and compassion.  The messages were made more “entertaining” to a middle school audience when combined with the musical talents of Mr. Dabbs and the athletic ability of Mr. Franco.  There was never a question in my mind that the relationship with Youth Alliance was one that benefits our students and one that I would carry to my next assignment.

Kenneth Hart
Principal Monroe Middle School Global Leadership Academy

It is my belief that our students at Durant High benefited greatly from The Youth Alliance Programs.

I would recommend this program be made available to all high school and middle school students.  Their message is far reaching and beneficial to all who hear them.  It is my goal to invite them back for a fourth year.

Pamela R. Bowden
Principal DURANT HIGH SCHOOL