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Making the future brighter for today’s youth & young adults, by teaching proven leadership principles & healthy decision making!

A faltering economic system, negative peer pressure and family stress give young adults plenty of problems to worry about. But the world’s most successful people don’t worry about their problems; they use problems to make themselves better. This is exactly what philanthropist, author and motivational speaker Minister Yannik McKie has been teaching America’s youth and young adults for nearly a decade!

In his book, Living in the Shadows, Yannik tells the captivating story of how he became one of the first children in America to lose both his parents to the deadly AIDS disease.  Overcoming such adversity has helped Yannik earn his reputation as an expert on overcoming life’s toughest challenges. Yannik used his expertise by founding The McKie Foundation, through which, he mentors, counsels and donates his time and resources to at-risk youth throughout the country through his signature program, “Taking Care of Home.”

Yannik is an author and vibrant speaker with an extraordinary ability to reach and inspire youth of all ages. His amazing story has been featured on numerous media outlets including Fox 5 Morning Show, Good Day Atlanta, New York Daily News, The HuffingtonPost and The Hamptons.

Adversity Creates Purpose 
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) 

Your students will learn:

✓ How to have the proper perspective of adversity

✓ How to use their challenges to help others

✓ How to turn adversity into purpose like Jesus did

As a result of this talk, your youth will become more confident and optimistic about their challenges, resulting in more productive and effective decision making, during difficult times.

A portion of the proceeds go to supporting children affected by AIDS.


“It was a pleasure having Yannik fellowship with our congregation! He spoke at our Christian academy, Friday night live youth program, and ministered to our men on Sunday morning. We are so excited about the outstanding work the Lord is doing through Yannik.”

Bishop Vaughn Mclaughlin & Lady Narlene Mclaughlin
Founder and First Lady, The Potter’s-House

“Minister Yannik McKie came to my church on the 5th Sunday in January and spoke to my Youth on Youth Day. He left an astounding effect not only on the youth but the whole body as a whole. After the service, was a great fellowship with him signing his book. My impression of Yannik is quite favorable. In addition, he is intelligent, articulate, mature and communicates extremely well with his peers. I give him my highest recommendation.”

Pastor Danny C. Swilley
Ed.D, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church

“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, University of Georgia

“Author Yannik McKie was an excellent! He was informative and entertaining at the same time! Definitely one of the best speakers we have seen in a while and I look forward to having him back soon!”

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

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