jesseI first started working with Frank early in 2012 when he was recommended as a social media expert by the team at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Shortly thereafter, Frank became a valued adviser to Global Youth Connect (GYC) concerning our social media presence. From the get-go, I appreciated Frank’s compassionate and deep interest in GYC’s work and the generosity with which he gave of his time and expertise. When GYC  was presented, at the very last minute, with an opportunity to receive a very small grant to have our participants blog about human rights on a site administered by the Open Society Institute, I immediately turned to Frank for assistance.

I sensed that he would be a great inspiration not only to the youth in our programs but also to the instructors, alumni, and civil society partners, all of whom were involved in the process of blogging with GYC. Frank certainly matched and exceeded my expectations. He quickly joined the team that included several GYC staff and alumni, spread out around the world. Frank corresponded on email with ease and efficiency to ensure that we all devised the most effective curriculum in the lead up to the project’s administration. Following this, Frank led two dynamic sessions for 30 youth about Social Media and Blogging at the beginning of GYC’s inaugural Human Rights in the USA program in June/July 2012, and before the summer was over there were over thirty blogs and hundreds of tweets all inspired by Frank’s teachings to the group. Frank is a consummate professional (never a lag on emails), a great team-player (always respecting the various colleagues working together), and a superior analytic thinker and strategist. In addition, he is a pleasure to work with and very generous with his time. I can’t think of a better person to engage on projects pertaining to branding, blogging, social media, particularly for the public good.

Jesse Hawkes

Executive Director, Global Youth Connect

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