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Living in the Shadows by Yannik McKie

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Overcoming adversity and turning obstacles into stepping stones is the expertise of author, speaker, and philanthropist, Yannik McKie.

At age 11 Yannik suffered the heartbreak of his parents' divorce and learned that both Mom and Dad were HIV positive. By the age of 15 Yannik lost both of his parents to the deadly AIDS disease. Overcoming such adversity has helped Yannik earn his reputation as an expert on how to overcome life's toughest challenges. Yannik's amazing life story has been featured on numerous media outlets including ESPN, The Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, Good Day Atlanta, and many more.


The Potter's House  

"We brought Yannik in to speak to the football team and his talk was about having character, integrity & mental toughness. He is building a new legacy for families daily!"

Thomas C. Settles III
Chaplain UGA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes



St. John's University  

"Author Yannik McKie was an excellent and informative keynote."

Nashia C. Whittenburg
Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs, St. John's University


St. Johns University

St. John's University  

"We invited Yannik to be the keynote speaker at our Maximize Potential Conference and we were extremely pleased with the outcome! We would highly recommend Yannik for any event."

Nic Panghorn
Assistant Director Residential Programs, Clemson Youth Learning Institute

St. Johns University
Paine College  

"Regardless of age group or atmosphere, Yannik is able to adapt and make his life lessons suitable for any audience. We were so impressed with him…"

Tianna Williams
Paine College, Presidential Scholar

Paine College
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The Message
Making the future brighter for today's young adults, by teaching them how to become NEXT LEVEL LEADERS by TURNING THEIR PROBLEMS INTO PURPOSE.
Featured Talks Most Requested Talk
How to become a succesful leader by turning your Problems into Purpose:
• How successful leaders handle challenges
• The dangers of a negative attitude
• The importance of perseverance & never giving up
Featured Workshop Most Requested Workshop
"Adversity Creates Purpose"

Purpose in Adversity teaches the importance of going through difficult situations with the right attitude. This workbook teaches the techniques and principles used by some of the world's most successful people to overcome adversity and use it to their advantage. It stresses the importance of positive decision making during tough times and never giving up hope.
The Movement
The McKie Foundation is a nonprofit corporation committed to helping people overcome their challenges and maximize their potential!
McKie Foundation  

The McKie Foundation is a non-profit corporation, led by Yannik McKie, who is committed to helping families in our communities turn their tragedies into triumphs.

A portion of all proceeds generated by the Yannik McKie Corporation go to supporting at-risk youth through the McKie Foundation. The McKie Foundation is a nonprofit c501 (c)(3) corporation committed to helping at-risk youth overcome their problems and achieve their purpose!

Learn more about The McKie Foundation at our sister website:


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