September 20, 2017
10:00 am to 11:00 amAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
About the Session:
Through my experience as a break dancer (bboy Piecez), I used my art form to express my stress and anger in a positive way. After realizing how much this art form and community helped my life I decided to share the outlet of hip hop culture with other youth to help them share their story and feel like they are part of a community. We use hip-hop to improve the mental health and well-being of youth across Canada. I will share my lived experience in building Unity charity from the ground up and encourage others to tackle the mental health space with innovative new ideas that relate to young people we are trying to support.
Michael Prosserman 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 worldwide, 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 beatboxing. UNITY has reached over 100,000 young people across Canada. In the past year, UNITY was 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.