Testimonials

It is so awesome to see your work continuing to touch, shape, motivate and transform young lives all around our city! We need your programs in every school!!!! Keep up the great work my friend!!

Kevin Gay, President/CEO
Operation New Hope

Mr. Farber,
Thank you for the work you did with our boys during the FACE program. Throughout the program, I heard students discussing the great things that were happening during the group sessions. I know our boys truly found the program to be beneficial. Thank you for your time and effort. The graduation ceremony was a wonderful event for parents and teachers to see how much the boys have grown physically and socially in such a short period of time. Many, many thanks.

Elizabeth Kavanagh, Principal
Neptune Beach Elementary

Kirk, I recently re-listened to our podcast we did about FACE4Kids. Your message still resonates—no surprise there! Respect, discipline, character, focus, passion and making a difference. Keep spreading the good word—and keep making a difference, my friend.

Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network™

I am writing to acknowledge the success of a program at J.E.B. Stuart Middle School called FACE I have witnessed one of the participants to be a total turnaround in attendance. His mother shared that she could not get him to attend school and was pleased he had a renewed interest in school - thanks to FACE. Another student who would always come down the hall with his hood pulled over the head and barely speak or acknowledge others around him now does not even wear the hood and greets me in the morning with his head held up and usually a smile as he says Good morning Mrs. Rahn. He has also established a bond with the other students of the group.

The success for these students is measured by the confidence I witnessed during the graduation ceremony with a few parents attending as well. The students selected had the potential to become leaders and I believe this program armed them with the tools to pursue that journey.

Dianne T Rahn, Assistant Principal
JEB Stuart Middle

Dear Mr. Kirk, Thank you for helping me on being a leader. I'm really starting to improve now. So I would like to thank you for helping me improve my leadership.

Tyrese P., 5th grade student
Spring Park Elementary

Last Spring, Kirk implemented FACE at Seabreeze and the children who participated had a wonderful experience. One child in particular made a huge turn-a-round after participating in the program. His grades, attendance, and behavioral choices all improved. The student commented that he had fun and learned something new every time. I watched as another child accidentally spilled milk on the FACE student one day. In the past, he would have lost his temper. Instead, he kept his cool. Another student commented right then that the FACE student was “like a totally different person.” His teachers shared that his attitude changed and he took directions better. Just yesterday, our music teacher spoke to me about what a huge impact FACE had on that particular student’s life.

Kim K., School Counselor
Seabreeze Elementary

The eight-week program alone left a tangible impact on our fourth graders this year! Wyatt completely reversed his absenteeism and tardiness for the remainder of the school year – taking responsibility for getting to school and being on time was a major step for him and I hope to see it resonate with him next year. Dakota learned an important life lesson when he had to experience the consequences that come with choosing to follow rather than lead. Abigail has become so much more organized and disciplined in her schoolwork. The stories are varied and wonderful! Then to see the parents, siblings, and other family members glow with pride as their child is demonstrating what they’ve learned in FACE - these are the precious moments that cannot be configured into data tables and pie charts but have an unknown impact on students and families as they move forward making better choices in life.

Thank you so much for including Mayport Elementary in your vision for sustaining this exceptional student program!

Yvonne Ferguson DiMattia, Principal
Mayport Elementary

I love the idea that you are promoting the FACE program at the AMS conference. The FACE program compliments the Montessori approach and curriculum in many ways and could be a wonderful addition to any school.

Nancy Hatton, Lead Directress
Montessori Tides School

Thanks Kirk, You really do a fantastic job with the students.

Deloris W. Brown, Coordinator
Englewood Family Resource Center
Full Service Schools

Thank you Kirk for the fantastic job.... You have a special talent with children. you let the students know that they are somebody and they can be whatever they want to be in life. I hope this program can stay in the duval county schools as it is much needed. THANKS AGAIN

Robin Marell, volunteer liaison
Pinedale elementary school

Kirk, Thank you for what you do with our children.You do great work with the young folks but as we all know, we are planting seeds and hoping they grow in a straight row.Thanks for your passion for youth…they need all they can get!

Karen Schum, Coordinator
Westside Family Resource Center
Full Service Schools

I just wanted to tell you how much Emma is enjoying FACE at DMS. She really looks forward to Wednesdays now because of your class. I think it has also helped her with self-confidence and some of the shyness. I look forward to re-enrolling her next year!

Jill B., Parent
Discovery Montessori School

You are great! Thank you for being so flexible and patient. It is GREATLY appreciated!

Mallory Seykoski, Contact
Cedar Hills Elementary

Thank you so much for the pictures and for coming out and working with our kids! I know they truly enjoyed it and definitely looked forward to Wednesdays! I know they learned so much from the program. I have seen a big difference in them. Again, Thank you!

Ms. Mildred Sierra, M.Ed.
Elementary School Counselor

Thank you, thank you, thank you - for all you do! We are both so appreciative of your program and these two boys are two that started out with referrals in the first few weeks of school, but who we have seen grown into good boys, and your program has helped them to become positive leaders. We were so happy that they also received the extra awards. Thank you for coming to Windy Hill, and I pray we will have you back!!

Kasey W. and Anne N.
Windy Hill Elementary

Mr. Kirk,
The students were SO EXCITED about the FACE program yesterday. They can't wait until next week. THANK YOU!

Collondra G. Reese, School Counselor
Pinedale Elementary

Thanks for your support and leadership. You are making changes in the lives of our young people.

Felicia Simmons, Coordinator
Greater Springfield Family Resource Center
Full Service Schools

I feel all students would benefit from the FACE program. I have taught for 31 years and truly feel this is one of the most beneficial programs taught in my classroom. This program can help prevent many social problems our children face in today's world.

Thank you again for providing us with this experience as well as such a capable and dynamic instructor and role model.

Sharon Conrad, First Grade Teacher
San Pablo Elementary

I would recommend FACE Program to any organization that works with youth. The strategies used by Mr. Farber encourages students to improve themselves and strengthen their minds.

Nicole G., School Counselor
John Love Elementary School

Thank you for presenting at our FCAT Pep rally. Thanks, too, for bringing F.A.C.E. to Parkwood Heights elementary school. The participants improved so much, and were so proud of earning their awards at graduation.

Mr. Ashton Price, Principal
Parkwood Heights Elementary

FACE is awesome to me because we get to do lots of cool stuff that teaches us self-control

Skyler, Age 10
Barkley Elementary

Evan is now in 7th grade at Providence. New school for him this year. He ran for 7th grade Class president. They had to give a speech to the whole grade of 120 peers. He said he did great! I asked if he was nervous and he said "No". Having FACE helped prepare him. The word of the day gave him the confidence as being a part of FACE was really good for him. Thank you! We are proud of him. Thanks for all you do and the lives you touch.

Tricia N., Athletic Director
Beaches Episcopal School

To say excited would be an understatement about how Fiona feels about coming back to FACE camp. She has absolutely loved the experience and we're not only excited for the summer but are looking forward to registering in the fall. Thanks so much for all you do!

Suzanne E., Parent
FACE Camp

I just want to tell you how much my son, Anthony, enjoyed the FACE program. The first class he attended, he was extremely embarrassed and lacked self-confidence to do the activities with the group. He did not want to go back. After much discussion, we were able to guide him into “giving the class another try”. He embraced it and really thrived throughout the remainder of the program. He was eager to go each week and come home to discuss and show us what he had learned. I think his biggest accomplishment was that he got up in front of the entire 4th grade and demonstrated what he had learned!! He displayed self-confidence that I rarely see and I was so proud of him!! I know this program has really made a difference for him and I would love to see it continue here at ABE!! A huge thank you to Kirk for inspiring these students and giving them self-confidence to be a leader!

Jennifer Militello, M.Ed.
Atlantic Beach Elementary

Hello Mr. Kirk, Thank you for doing what you do with ALL of our students across the district. I personally see growth in each of our students who participate weekly. I cannot wait to see the post surveys from teachers. Thank you for this opportunity!

Denise Porter, School Counselor
Windy Hill Elementary School

Mr. Farber’s classes are fun, positive and encouraging for children of all ages and abilities. The physical activities are challenging, yet exciting and allow the child to strive in an emotionally safe atmosphere. This process builds strength and confidence in each child. Mr. Farber acknowledges children not only for their physical performance, but their positive attitude and persistence. The public speaking portion of the class allows an open forum for the discussion of topics such as responsibility, respect, freedom and kindness.

Julie W., Lead Teacher
Discovery Montessori School

Kirk, I think what you are doing for and with the children is wonderful! You have always made a difference!

Rosemary Kristoff
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Imani has told us that she needs to be strong in her mind, strong in her body and strong in her heart! We talk about that now when she has big worries! Thanks for all you do for our kids with the FACE program!!!

Drena B., Parent
Barkley Elementary (PA)

I have followed your progress with FACE for years. What growth you have enjoyed. More importantly, you are doing so much good for all these kids. I would like to make a donation. Please reply with the information where to send or donate on line.

John W. Salmon, Esq.
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil, Family and Appellate Mediator

Kirk Farber has been THE one speaker that the kids in the Pre-Trial Detention Facility get the most out of his talks. He TRULY has made a difference in their lives and mine too. He has volunteered his talents and time since 1997.

Peggy Johnson

The data clearly shows that your program is making a positive difference in our students academic and social life here at Loretto. Ms. Yon and I are proud of FACE4Kids at our school. Thank you for always being understanding and helpful to our kids. This is a life changer.

Noel K., School Counselor
Loretto Elementary

Dear Sensei Kirk, Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much fun Jonathan had last week at FACE summer camp. We would have signed up for next week, but he is in NJ with his grandparents. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful program! He can't wait to start doing FACE after school in the fall!

Shana L., parent
FACE camp

Thank you for your exhilarating program! The assembly kept the K-6 students engaged and active for the entire hour. Your lesson, coupled with hands-on demonstrations, was enjoyed by kids and parents alike. We look forward to working with you in the future and bringing you back to hopefully present your workshop course.

Jacqueline Draper, Prep Club Manager
Beaches Habitat for Humanity

The FACE program is outstanding! My daughter, Gabriella was in it this year 2017. This program made my daughter gain her confidence. She has gone from being a shy little girl to talking in front of the church! Thank you so much!

Jamie S., Parent
ABE

Kirk is an inspiration to the entire Cuong Nhu Martial Arts Association. My words can not express the total respect and admiration I have for him as a Sensei (teacher) and a leader.

Grandmaster Quynh Ngo
Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts

You are spot on with your FACE program as it models our Beat the Streets Program. I think it’s something that we can launch nationally ...

Al Bevilacqua, Trustee
Beat the Streets Wrestling

The FACE program compliments the Montessori approach in practice and philosophy. Mr. Farber’s authentic commitment to a holistic wellness practice has truly been a gift for our community. Through repetition of principles and concepts of fitness, our student’s lives have been enhanced in an invaluable manner.

Kim Bednarek, Director
The Discovery School