ST. LOUIS ( -- Two local organizations are partnering to try and make an impact on the problem of teen violence in St. Louis.

Friday Better Family Life and CrimeStoppers brought the Stand Up program to Vashon High School.

Vashon High School nonviolence

It's a program the brings first-hand accounts of gun violence directly to students in an effort to turn behaviors in a better direction.

Former gang member Yo Banga was on hand to motivate students to make a change.

"They have to take accountability and want to be better themselves. If you don’t want nothing out of life then you ain’t gonna get nothing. You have to be able to get them the confidence to make the right decisions on their own."

The Stand Up program also works to educate area youth on de-escalating conflicts and promoting anti-violence on social media.

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