Frank Eckles

Executive Director

Academy for Competent Youth Work College Station

Frank is the Executive Director of the Academy for Competent Youth Work and the Office Administrator for the Child & Youth Care Certification Board.  Frank is the author of the Child and Youth Care: Foundations Course, co-author of the Youth Thrive™: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development and Well-Being training, and a contributing editor of the Families Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance Thriving for All Children, Youth, & Families training.

Frank has worked in the CYC field as a direct practitioner, supervisor, manager, educator, director, and consultant for over 50 years.  Frank is the former Vice President of the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice, Past President of the CYC Certification Board (CYCCB) and a current board member. He is also the Board Secretary for Global Support for Kids USA, an international organization that supports homeless and street youth in Nigeria and other countries.  He is a frequent speaker at conferences, facilitates challenge course adventure activities, and thoroughly enjoys being in the world as a professional Child and Youth Care Practitioner.