UNITY Charity engages and empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities. By implementing school and community programs, UNITY helps youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success through urban art forms. UNITY empowers youth to make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models leading to more productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities. UNITY has reaches over 30,000 young people each year and trains over 250 young role models in priority communities.
Every year, UNITY organizes a nation-wide urban arts festival of youth from the community and UNITY’s program celebrating their artistic talent and story.
About the founderMichael Prosserman aka “Bboy Piecez” found his passion for break dancing at a very young age. When he was growing up, Michael went through a lot of stress due to his mother’s illness, and he let his passion for dance as a positive outlet. As a young entrepreneur, he started UNITY Charity at the age of 16 when he realized that he wanted to share his positive self-expression with other young people undergoing all kinds of challenges.
At the age of 18, Michael was diagnosed with fused vertebrae with a neck of a 50 years old, which prevented him from performing his signature head spins. He did not give up and reinvented his moves and subsequently won his first-ever international competition.
Why support UNITY Charity?With the money received, UNITY can continue to run their after-school programs to help empower youths to be leaders and find a positive outlet in their life. The UNITY School Program breaks down barriers between youths in their schools and communities. The donations from Night It Up! will go towards creating a new program in one of Toronto’s designated priority communities.
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