I used to be involved in gangs from an early age. I’m not proud of what I’ve done in my past but now I want to make a change.
I was hard to talk to and didn't listen to the advice of my peers.
A turning point for me was when I got ambushed and almost shot. It was the first time I feared for my life and thought my life has to change.
I’ve seen friends die and it’s terrible. Working with Fixers, I hope to inspire young people to do something positive with their lives.
People think being in a gang is glamorous but if they saw the true realities they wouldn’t consider it.
The more people we can get through to, the better. At the end of the day, it's about saving lives.
Here are a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:
October 2014 I have submitted written evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) inquiry to explore children and young people’s relationships with the police.
The APPGC published its final report on 28 October 2014. The report sets out a range of recommendations, which my evidence fed into, to provide a clear framework for strengthening police practice in relation to children and young people.
My personal story was featured on ITV News as part of an NSPCC campaign to stop gang culture. You can click on the image below to watch the full video.
My story was featured on the Capital FM website. Click on the link to read the full article.
After my story appeared on the Fixers website, here's what a few people had to say about my campaign:
Ashley Cameron, Volunteer at Who Cares? Scotland: 'Well done you, Mario, for turning your back on crime. And even better that you want to prevent other young people from following your path. I admire your courage and passion.'
Rui Jorge Octavio, Youth Leadership Trainer at RJ Speaks: 'Good video Mario!'