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KCMO native hopes to change teens' lives through performing arts

Kyle Hollins, founder of Lyrik's Institution
Posted at 6:36 AM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 08:12:01-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man has started a nonprofit with a focus on performing arts to help teens avoid the mistakes he made in his life.

Kyle Hollins' nonprofit is called "The Lyrik's Institution." According to Hollins, the program will be based on cognitive behavioral therapy.

It's something the Kansas City native said he was introduced to during his time in prison.

Hollins explained that he wants the program to help young people respond differently to problems and express themselves through the performing arts

"It’s the most motivating when you change the spark in a kid's eye and they take it home and then the parent comes and says, 'My kid is telling me something I didn’t even know,'" he said.

Hollins is in the process of raising $50,000 to purchase a building where his program can be based.

Friend Joe Macklin is helping with the fundraising process.

"I tell him all the time, you got to tell your story because there’s a kid out there that may be facing the same situation and doesn’t have the same thought process that you had when you were in a space that wasn’t your greatest," Macklin said.

A stage play will help raise money for The Lyrik's Institution. People interested in helping can purchase tickets online.