In November 2010, Dr. Robin Jean Bruck and Mark Reeder, MA, LPC began teaching the IDENTITY Workshop Series which was based on the premise of successful living through self-trust. This two-weekend series gained quick popularity in the greater Manchester, NH area and a Graduate Identity Workshop was developed within a year.
In the spring of 2014, a Kids Identity Workshop was developed for children ages 6-12. In March 2015, Andrea Paquette, APRN joined proYOU and began teaching the Identity Parenting Workshop. This program was developed to provide parents with tools to help their kids shine and learn to trust themselves. In 2017 we piloted three new workshops, a Identity Teen program, a Relationship Workshop and an Escaping Victimhood Workshop. The Identity Teen Workshop had record attendance of 30 teens.
From the onset, Dr. Bruck had a vision to be able to offer these self-development workshops to adults and especially children who wanted to learn to believe in and trust themselves but could not afford to do so. In 2017, she filed to transform all of the Identity programs into a 501c3 nonprofit. As a nonprofit, Personal Responsibility Organization (proYOU) can now offer scholarships and accept donations.
In January 2018, proYOU celebrated teaching their 50th adult Identity Class. We launched our new INTEGRITY Workshop Series in the spring which focuses on topic specific challenges faced by modern-day professionals and what is required in order to move through them with power and confidence.
In 2020, proYOU continued to grow by adding staff members. As the COVID-19 pandemic began, the team quickly made a pivot to becoming more virtually accessible. Today, the teachers and staff at proYOU continue to teach Identity as an online course via Zoom. Julie Mudd, Director of Communications at proYOU, has become one of the teachers of Identity. During 2020, they also added a PRO Coaching program which helps to bring one-0n-one coaching or group coaching to those in need, incorporating skills and practices from the Identity workshop. Now, in 2021, proYOU intends to work toward furthering connections and fundraising opportunities by hosting the Brendan LeBlanc Memorial Golf Scramble, in honor of our late board member, Brendan LeBlanc.
The future vision for PRO is clear – to assist as many adults and kids as possible in becoming confident and expressing themselves powerfully in the world.