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At least two former gang members in Virginia said that they plan to join the army.

Teenagers Kurtyus Hairston and Jimel South of Danville, Virginia, told WSET-TV that they write their commitment to “Hope, don’t Shoot: Save our Youth,” a local program that sponsors a weekly basketball tournament to help Danville children from the street, inspired them to make a change in their life.

Event founder Angie Dixon poses with former gang members who are planning to enlist in the U.S. Army. pic.twitter.com/VTFk8UPIBB

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“It gave me a good feeling,” Hairston said of his former life in a gang. But now he has plans to go from high school to the university to study architecture.

After that, he plans to join the Army, he told WSET-TV.

“I have a brother in the Army. He is in Japan now, and he does it well, so I want that the Southern said of his plans, adding that he hopes to encourage others to stay off the streets.

Dozens of young men participate in the Hoops don’t Shoot “Our Youth” event in Danville pic.twitter.com/LIPVGqxULP

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“Meet someone who can help you. Do not go in the wrong route,” Hairston told the news station.

The Hope don’t Shoot program is made by a Danville woman named Angienette Dixon, who said that they are inspired to make a change because they are “going to a lot of funerals” by the gang-related violence.

During tournaments, religious leaders and law enforcement officials to speak with Hope not Shoot members, Dixon said.

“It has changed a lot of lives, and we have not lost not one of them in the death of 60 children. They are all still alive and they are doing better,” she added.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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