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Teens Request Jobs to Avoid Gangs

Four Georgia teens now have jobs after approaching a local official and telling her they wanted to work so they could stay out of trouble.

KHOU reports that Zsa Zsa Heard, CEO for the LaGrange Housing Authority, shared a photo of the boys on Facebook with the caption, “they walked into my office today and asked for a job. I said why do you want a job? They said…we do not want to be in a gang! I said have people approached you about being in a gang they said yes’mam! I hired them on the spot! The streets will not have our children!” #ILOVELHACHILDREN

All of the teens are young Black men between the ages of 13 and 14. Heard says she hired Dylik, Dennis, Deion and Jalen immediately, and posted the image on social media as a way to “empower the young men” for making the decision to choose a different path.

This isn’t the first time the boys have reached out to Heard for help. Last year, around Thanksgiving and Christmas break, Heard said they came to her to ask if there was any work they could help with. She connected them to a maintenance worker who taught them basic carpentry skills.

Since the boys approached Heard on July 27, she says they’ve stayed busy. From helping in the community garden to tending to the communities chicken coup, the boys have proven to be young men of their word.

“Several of their teachers [Facebook] inboxed me and told me what good kids they were,” she said. “They said if you give them the support they need, they are going to be successful.”

Now THIS is a happy headline.