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DIALED IN: Former 'Misplaced Teen' Giving Back to Local Shelter Through His Passion

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KENNEWICK, WA - Travis Rybarski is 20-years-old but he's dealt with more in his young life than many of us can imagine. He moved out of his parent's house at 16, moved in with his barely-older brother and then spent the next three years mostly drinking and ignoring his schoolwork.

But now, Rybarski is on the straight and narrow. He graduated from high school, began studying Business at Columbia Basin College and ended up getting adopted by a former teacher.

In between studying and working full-time at Amazon, Rybarski has managed to become something of a new-aged philanthropist. He understands the struggles of what he calls 'misplaced teens' because he's been one. He's planning his fourth charity rap battle for My Friends Place (the local teen shelter) in mid-August. Rybarski has taken his passion and put it to good use in giving back. He's raised hundreds of dollars over the last year hosting events like this one and hopes to raise more than $1,000 this time.

To learn more about him, click on the video.

Event Details:

August 15th
7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Uptown Theatre in Richland
$15 at the door
Selling sodas and snacks for donations