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Michael Prosserman

Bboy, Founder & Executive Director of Unity Charity

Art forms evolve but the power of hip-hop to transform remains unchanged. Michael Prosserman, a breakdancer who goes by the name Bboy Piecez, felt the transformative impact of his performance and saw the potential to share this impact with others like him. Using his instinct, intuition and good old trial and error Mike talks about his success in achieving life-changing outcomes for youth. He focuses on the simple yet powerful philosophies that built Unity:  the power of story-telling; building the plane while flying it; being surrounded by people smarter than you; and building new roads instead of accepting the inevitable road blocks that exist.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Breakin’ Down Barriers Around Mental Health
Michael has overcome a chronic neck condition while juggling taking care of his mother with a serious mental illness. Michael took his anger and turned it into art.

Corporate Engagement Strategies That Leave Your Head Spinning! 
Learn how Michael built and organization from scratch around alliance of community-minded urban artists. Recognizing youth in priority communities needed better ways to express their anger and stress. In this presentation audiences will experience the exciting journey of UNITY Charity’s rapid growth and how it has built a network of supporters through sponsors, government funders and individual donors that share its values. Michael will also share the key strategies UNITY used to identify partners that share its vision and grassroots values and align with its organizational culture and creativity, ultimately resulting in successful long-term partnerships.

Big Secrets, Small Shops
Fundraising in a small shop can sometimes seem daunting without the resources you need to succeed. This Lecture will provide fundraisers in small shops with insights on creative ideas and resources that will help build up your organization’s fundraising capacity and offer some “secret” steps to help in your fundraising success. Audiences will learn how to host event with limited resources, how to grow your social media presence, and various creative ideas to fundraise cheap, fast and easy.

Awards

2016
Gadfly Awards | Ground Breaker Award

2015
York University | Bryden Alumni Awards (One to Watch)

2013
Shalom Life | Top 20 Under 40

  • Michael is an inspiration and a breath of fresh air. He possesses all the key ingredients -hard working, goal oriented, motivated, forward thinker, passionate but he's also human, down to earth and humble. 

    - Marketing Manager, Rogers Communications Inc.
  • He didn’t speak at CSF. He wove magic. He cast a spell. He left me in a trance. Mike Prosserman is going to change our country.

    - CEO, TrojanOne
  • Michael changes young peoples lives. Michael continues to develop a team of artistic teachers of the highest quality to deliver mentoring programs for young people.

    - Community Development Coordinator, City of Mississauga
  • Michael is an enthusiastic visionary who has figured out a creative way to reach an important but often overlooked segment of our community.

    - Former CEO Canadian Olympic Foundation
  • Michael has amazed and inspired me with his passion and commitment to helping our community and country grow. So much accomplished & he's only getting started.

    - Regional Director, Freedom 55 Financial

Summary Profile

Michael found his passion for break dancing at a very young age. By the time he was three, Michael was already standing on his head while watching Saturday morning cartoons. Since then, he has performed for over 300 audiences, has spoken at over 100 schools, and has taught hundreds of workshops all over the world from Canada to Italy to Asia to the Arctic. Michael has competed world-wide, placing first in over 22 competitions.

Michael is the founder and Executive Director of Unity Charity, an organization that empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities through after school programs in break dancing, graffiti art, spoken word poetry and beat boxing. Unity has reached over 200,000 young people across Canada.

Unity Has been featured in over 50 major media outlets in Canada including Maclean’s, Toronto Star, CBC, CTV, Citytv, and many more. Unity teaches youth to use urban arts as a powerful outlet to relieve their stress and anger in a positive way.