Kick-Off Program

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The Kick-Off Program, also known as the KO Program or Freshmen Solutions, is a nationally recognized comprehensive orientation, transition and mentoring program for middle schools and high schools in the United States. The program uses upper-class student mentors from within the school to help better transition the incoming students throughout their entire first year of high school or middle school.


The KO Program was founded in 2001 in Indiana by lifelong educator Lee Lonzo. Since its inception, The Kick-Off Program has worked with middle schools and high schools throughout the United States to help ease the transition of over 100,000 incoming students. Lonzo had experience as a classroom teacher, school administrator, tennis coach, athletics director, city councilman, President of the IHSAA Board of Directors, and a lawyer prior to founding the KOprogram. The program has been implemented in over 250 high schools and middle schools throughout the United States.


The Kick Off Program was named as the Most Innovative business in the 2008-2009 Home Based 100 Contest. Thousands of businesses entered the contest that ranks 10 winners in 10 different categories ranging from Best Financial Performers to Wackiest and Greenest. The contest was judged by Howard Behar former President of Starbucks North America, Adam Lowry - Co-Founder of Method Products, John Jantsch - Author of Duct Tape Marketing, Tory Johnson - Columnist for ABC News, and life coach Mel Robbins. called the KO Program the "most innovative and important" business of the 2nd annual competition.