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, and the plans for a brighter future began. Currently, he is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Environmental Biology. In October 2016, he fostered the start of a multimedia art collective at Washington University in St. Louis called Open Crown Collective (OCC). Through basic practice of mindfulness techniques and art, the members of OCC developed valuable stress management skills, created collaborative works of art, and learned technical artistic skills from one another in a safe space setting. OCC members view the MAY curriculum as rewarding to keep in practice throughout the school year, as it helps with focus, studying, and facilitates positive social spaces.