CONEY ISLAND - A new anti-violence group in Coney Island is doing its part to help keep the murder rate down in the neighborhood.

Step-Up was created as part of the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative, started by Mathylde Frontus. The small group of men aims to intervene in disputes before people resort to gunfire.

"We're trying to rid some of the violence and give these young men and women an opportunity to better themselves," says Frontus.

As part of this year's state budget, the collaborative received $250,000 to aid its efforts.