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Meet Kyle The Conductor Morris of The Education Culture Opportunities (ECO) Foundation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle The Conductor Morris.

Kyle The Conductor transmits energy like; heat, sound, light, or love so we can move closer to peace, purpose, and liberation. Freedom ain’t free, and there’s a lot of work to be done. Kyle does his part by giving back to the city he is from even when it doesn’t feel like “Brotherly Love”. He was shot six times on New Years Eve 2013 and lost a good friend. This near death experience inspired him to dedicate his second life to service and edutainment.

Over the next few years, he served as a drop-in center manager for homeless youth, a history teacher, dean of students, and site coordinator at a credit recovery school. In 2016 Kyle realized he could do more for his students and their families outside of the school and quit to start his entertainment company and clothing line which ultimately grew into his nonprofit.

In 2018 The Education Culture Opportunities (ECO) Foundation was established. The ECO Foundation serves approximately 500 families in and out of the classroom a week. He understands edutainment isn’t limited to students, so he creatively educates mobilizes, and inspires people of all ages. From the classroom to the stage Kyle keeps crowds engaged with a boom bap or a few snaps he brings the energy and reminds them to keep their crowns up!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I remember deciding to quit my day job (for real this time) after a successful event, and I thought I could duplicate its success. After two failed events, I found myself driving for a ride-sharing company around the clock. Eventually, things turned around when I started a nonprofit. We didn’t have to struggle for funding anymore or rely on guests at events to help me pay my rent. Finances improved, but the challenge of creating systems to foster professional and personal sustainability was the real key to success.

Please tell us about The Education Culture Opportunities (ECO) Foundation.
The ECO Foundation creatively educates people through art and entertainment while connecting them with opportunities to better themselves and their communities. We specialize in creating unique experiences where people can learn, laugh, and grow. This can happen in a classroom, event space, or street corner. We are known for filling gaps and breaking barriers. We are anchored in our core values and commitment to our mission. Recently, we have been fortunate to provide fresh produce and essential items for families impacted by store shutdowns after the riots of the uprising. Hundreds of bags have gone out daily. We have created a system where young people can earn money to provide food and the essential needs of their neighborhood. For Juneteenth we organized the 1st annual Black Brotherly Love Silent March to remind ALL Black men and boys to speak up against issues in their own lives and their community.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory was performing a poem I wrote at an open mic. I was only 5 or 6 years old, but I confidently shared it at an event my dad was hosting. I remember the nerves and adrenaline that flowed through me, but also the high of leaving the stage as a crowd cheers for you. It still happens in front of any crowd virtually, or in person. I’ve been chasing that dragon ever since.

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