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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

An after-school program is trying to curb violence in Waterloo while helping dozens of kids. 

It's an opportunity for them to relax and talk about life while staying out of trouble.

"Different ways to prevent them getting into gang relations," said Felicia Carter, the after-school program organizer. 

There are three after-school programs housed at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

"Dare to be King" lets young boys know they can go through a bad situation and come out with a positive outcome.

"I like that like they teach you to make the right decision when you're getting stopped by police or in a bad situation," said Camren Montgomery, a participant.

Carter says Diyrun Coffer was actually referred to the group two years ago, but Carter and Coffer's mother never got in contact with each other. The 14-year-old accidentally shot and killed his sister, Jykeria Coffer, in their home on Friday.  

"When I heard he was the one with the gun, I felt like I had failed him -- because if I would have continued to pursue (Coffer's mother about the program), maybe this wouldn't have happened," said Carter. 

It's situations like what happened Friday that enforces this groups mission.

Carter says it's important to encourage these kids to do the right thing.

"I wish I could help everybody, but I know that if other churches open up their door and allow organizations to come in to hold programs, that will be so much more of a positive outcome," said Carter. 
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