Boys & Girls Club teaming up with Rams this weekend

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- For 35 years Barbara Washington has been helping shape young minds.

"But when you work with kids and want to change lives, this is the place to come," says Barbara Washington.  "I've worked with so many people like yourself and others to make things happen."

Now she wants to make things happen with the help of the entire St. Louis region.

"Our goal was to galvanize a group of 53 lawyers and educators to join us in our process of working with and identifying resources to help young people stay on the right track," says Washington.'

This Sunday before the Rams game, 75 volunteers from Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club will be collecting donations for their `it's Better to Educate than Incarcerate` campaign.

"It's better to educate than incarcerate because we're paying a lot of money to keep people in jail," says Washington.

This isn't the first time the team and club have combined forces.

"St. Louis Rams and Mathew Dickey have an awesome relationship as the Rams utilized the club when they first came from California to St. Louis," says Washington.  "We were their training site."

The Boys and Girls Club will use the funds for their afterschool programs and workshops to educate young people on the front end so they don't fall through the cracks.

"Engage in activities of learning and sports and culture enrichment and dance and music and urban music," says Washington.  "All the things kids love to do.  We want the young people to feel that they have a chance to play and grow and develop."