Michael Prosserman

Job role: 
Executive Director
Affiliation: 
Member type: 
Practitioner/Implementer
Other
Brief Biography: 

Learn how 27-year-old Michael Prosserman (aka break dancer “Bboy Piecez”) built an organization from scratch around an alliance of community-minded urban artists. Recognizing that 13- to 18-year-old youths in priority communities needed to find better ways to express their stress and anger, Michael founded UNITY Charity and grew it from an idea in high school into a national charity. In this presentation you’ll 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.

Approach: 
Human rights
Empowerment and service user involvement
Advocacy
Technology
Detection and diagnosis
Training, education and capacity building
Regions of interest: 
North America
Setting: 
Community
Workplace
School
Population: 
Children and adolescents
Adults
Minority populations
Disability
Disorders of interest: 
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
All disorders

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UNITY

Arts-based leadership training programme that supports and empowers youth to address the critical challenges facing them through positive and constructive outlets
Region: 
North America
Population: 
Children and adolescents
Disorder: 
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
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Engaging young people in your mental health program - International Youth Day webinar

Michael Prosserman and Heather Gilberds discuss how they address youth mental health through their UNITY and Farm Radio programs.
Approach: 
Empowerment and service user involvement
Technology
Training, education and capacity building
Disorder: 
All disorders