The Movement

Living In Purpose is a nonprofit corporation committed to helping people overcome their challenges and maximize their potential!

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

The Man

Overcoming adversity and turning obstacles into stepping stones is the expertise of author, speaker, and purpose coach, 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 Message

Executive Director and Author Yannik McKie will have your audience’s FULL attention as he eloquently explains the unique challenges and pressures he faced growing up losing both of his parents to AIDS in the early 80’s. Yannik will weave powerful leadership principles into his captivating story, ensuring that everyone present, is not only entertained and inspired but also educated on how the problems they face can be transformed into purpose.

Learning Outcomes for At-risk Youth:

  • Identify & eliminate the causes of mental distractions
  • Learn to increase leadership impact with techniques that increase passion & optimize performance 
  • Develop specific ways that “My Difference” can positively impact the community
  • Discuss the importance of using personal stories of pain to ignite hope & trust in those we lead
“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
“We invited Yannik in early this Spring to speak to our young men during our Bow ties and Blue Jeans mentoring matchup event. He delivered an inspiring message about finding your purpose in your problems! His message resonated with the entire audience, challenging us all to find our purpose and BE GREAT!”
Kim Evans
CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA
"We couldn't have had a better speaker! You were so genuine, relevant and clearly had done your homework. You knew this audience and raised the level of conversation versus talking down to them. I was so impressed and appreciated of how accommodating and easy you are to work with, something not all speakers understand."
Nancy Hunter Denney
Conference Director
“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
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