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Against the Odds:

Breakdancing, Mental Health, and Volunteers 

From his experience building Unity charity from the ground up over 15 years, Michael Prosserman shares his personal story of how he overcame barriers of mental health to creating a national charity that would go on to impact the lives of over 250,000 youth. The theme of overcoming barriers is repeated in Michael’s story from a chronic neck injury to living with anxiety in a leadership role, Michael grew this organization with an incredible team, staff and group of volunteers. The story will focus on how volunteers were a key driving force to Unity’s culture and steps to Unity’s success, growth and impact.
Participants will:
  • Learn about what it takes to balance work and life, against the odds, while building a non-profit.
  • Understand the importance of volunteers in building a non-profit from the ground up.
  • Learn strategies for building social purpose organizations with volunteer support.

Michael Prosserman is the founder and former Executive Director of Unity Charity, an organization that uses Hip Hop to improve youth mental health and well-being. Michael built Unity Charity from the ground up over 15 years out of his passion for breakdancing (“bboying”), growing the organization from a group of volunteers to over 80 paid employees impacting over 200,000 youth. Michael continues to compete as an internationally recognized Bboy. Michael has worked with hundreds of corporate and non-profit clients across Canada on topics including mental health in the workplace, succession, and team building. Michael speaks from lived experience, bringing a practical and innovative approach to his work as a coach, consultant and teacher. Michael is currently the CEO of EPIC Leadership Support Inc., a consulting firm focused on supporting leaders to reach their full potential. Michael serves on the board of directors for several charities and has a strong passion for making the world a better place for us all to live and work.

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