Have a brilliant idea for a new community group, campaign, project or initiative but don't know where to start? This event is ideal for those looking to take their new idea to the next level. Learn about shaping a mission and vision for your initiative, and building an identity map to explore the community that you will be associated with.
Ideas to Action is perfect for aspiring grassroots leaders hoping to expand their ideas and share their vision with like-minded individuals in the community. It focuses on taking a novel idea and taking it to the next level and defining your grassroots' identity and mission.
The panel will feature grassroots leaders who have started successful community groups and non-profit organizations.
- Michael Prosserman, Founder & Executive Director of Unity
- Grant Lehmann, Founder of Queers for Dinner
- Deanna Lentini, Founder of Fix the 6ix
- Daniel Francavilla, Founder of ACCESS Charity
Moderated by Louroz Mercader, Founder of MY Games and Outreach Coordinator at Volunteer Toronto (Grassroots Growth Project)
More information about the panelists:
Michael Prosserman aka "Bboy Piecez", UNITY Charity
Michael Prosserman aka “Bboy Piecez” found his passion for break dancing at a very young age and by high school, was travelling the world as one of Canada’s top break-dancers. He went on to compete globally against many of the world’s top break-dancers, placing first in over 22 competitions. Later on, Michael founded UNITY Charity, an organization that empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities through after school programs in Break Dancing, Graffiti Art, Spoken Word Poetry & Beat Boxing. Today, UNITY Charity reaches over 100,000 youth and Michael continues to inspire and share his outlet of dance with young people across Canada.
Michael has performed for over 300 audiences, has spoken at over 100 schools and at prominent conferences including TED x Youth Toronto, Government of Ontario Federated Health Conference and TDSB’s Dare to Dream Conference. Furthermore, Michael has taught hundreds of workshops all over the world from Canada to Italy to Asia to the Arctic, on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship to breaking barriers within international community, through dance.
Grant Lehmann, Queers for Dinner
he experience of hosting travellers and meeting amazing people, Grant set out on a mission to help connect like-minded people in Toronto and build new friendships. By day Grant works as a policy consultant and has over 14 years of experience in the community services sector. By night Grant indulges his love of cooking, cares for his fledgling succulent garden (no casualties so far!), and enjoys cuddles with his little dog Peanut.
Deanna Lentini, Fix the 6ix
Shes is the founding director of Fix the 6ix and a recent graduate from York University. Fix the 6ix is a grassroots organization that addresses poverty in Toronto by providing goods, peripheral programming and monetary support to homeless shelters stemming from a small $500 seed funding grant from York University’s Faculty of Health to learn more about the determinants of health for social change. Deanna has since grown the small project into a grassroots organization that raises awareness and provides support to homeless communities.
She was acknowledged as Lyfe Happens’ Millennial Of The Month in June 2016.
Daniel Francavilla, ACCESS
Daniel Francavilla is a Marketing and Advertising professional in Toronto with a passion for innovative projects that have a positive impact to society. He currently works as the Creative Director of the Now Creative Group – a firm that works with start-ups, businesses and non-profit organizations to provide media and marketing services.
Earlier on in his career, he found his passion to help others in creating social change. He founded ACCESS 7 years ago, a non-profit group that provides children in the developing world education empowering them to be leaders. Today, the organization has evolved to supporting youth who are creating their own projects and organizations for positive social change.