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.
Making the future brighter for today’s young adults, by teaching them how to become NEXT LEVEL LEADERS by TURNING THEIR PROBLEMS INTO PURPOSE.
Most Requested Talks:
“Level Up Leadership”
(How Leaders Look, Learn & Launch from Adversity)
How to become a successful leader by changing your perspective (Look), growing from the problems you face (Learn) and turning your adversity into an advantage (Launch).
✓ How successful leaders handle challenges
✓ The dangers of a negative attitude
✓ The importance of perseverance & never giving up
Neil Howe writes in Forbe’s Magazine that “Most Millennials are skeptical about the idea of failing upwards”
It is the fear of failure that causes so many youth and young adults to quit on their goals when the going gets tough. Yannik travels the country teaching resilience and mental toughness in an effort to increase high school and college graduation rates and standardized test scores.
Most Requested Workshops:
“Adversity Creates Purpose”
This workshop teaches the leadership principles Yannik used to overcome the challenges he faced after losing both of his parents to AIDS at such an early age. These principles are used by some of the world’s most successful leaders. This workshop stresses the importance of positive decision making during difficult times, the power of a positive attitude, and how to use adversity to your advantage!
“Adversity Creates Purpose:
FOR TEACHERS & ADMINISTRATORS”
This workshop helps teachers and administrators equip themselves with the tools and techniques necessary to help students turn their adversity into purpose. Working with thousands of youth and overcoming an at-risk youth background has helped Yannik earn his reputation as an expert on motivating youth to maximize their potential. This inspirational and instructional workshop teaches the fundamentals necessary to make a positive and long-term impact in the lives of students.
The McKie Foundation is a nonprofit corporation committed to helping people overcome their challenges and maximize their potential!
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!