4 Teens Asked for Jobs to Avoid Gang Activity, Were Hired Immediately
Four teenagers decided that they weren’t going to be susceptible to any sort of lifestyle that could land them behind bars or worse, so they asked for exactly what they wanted-and received.
The teens, all 13 or 14 years old, approached head of the LaGrange Housing Authority Zsa Zsa Heard and asked her for a job. When she asked them why, their honesty touched her in a way that made her hire them all immediately. “They revealed gang members were approaching them,” Heard told WXIA. One of the boys admitted to her that they’re approached about joining gangs “all the time.”
Heard also shared the boys’ story over Facebook. “I want Facebook to empower these young men they walked into my office today and asked for a job,” she write. “I said why do you want a job? They said so we want get in trouble and 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”
The boys all live on the housing authority property and have asked Heard for work in the past. She previously allowed them to work with a maintenance worker at the office, but now that she fully understands why, she says there will be work for the boy whenever they need it. They spent the summer completing a variety of tasks including helping pick vegetables in the community garden, passing out mail, tending to the community’s chicken coup and more.
“If they feel that they’re valuable, and if we show them how important they are, then we don’t risk losing them,” Heard told 11Alive News. “I don’t want them to seek the love and attention from the negative. I want them to find their value in other things.”
The time and attention given to the teens seem to be paying off. One of them has already said that after working in the garden, he’s now interested in a career working with livestock.
Photo Credit: Zsa Zsa Heard/Facebook