Francis collaborated to design the MAY Kids program, compelled by the voice and needs of his peers. Born and raised in New York City, Francis empathizes with the many pressures and stresses that come with city life.
At the age of fourteen, his concerns about the self-destructive responses to the challenges teens face needed to be addressed. Francis is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, majored in Environmental Biology. In October 2016, he fostered the start of a multimedia art collective at Wash U in St. Louis called Open Crown Collective (OCC). Through practice of mindfulness techniques and art, the members of OCC developed valuable stress management skills, created collaborative works of art. OCC members view the MAY curriculum as rewarding as it helps with focus, studying, and facilitates positive social spaces. Recently, Francis collaborated to create a start up business called Find Your Farmer, making real food accessible to all in St. Louis.