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LaGrange, Ga. — Four Georgia teenagers were not going to let local gangs get the best of them.

In a touching Facebook post, LaGrande Housing Authority CEO Zsa Zsa Heard said that the four young men were approached to join gangs, but they wanted to stay out of trouble.

“I want Facebook to empower these young men they walked into my office today and asked for a job. 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.”

When the teens kept coming by her office to ask for jobs, Heard thought it was just for money, the Huffington Post reports. But, she knew she couldn’t turn them down when she found out the real reason for their persistence.

They now tend a community garden and perform other jobs as needed around the area for 7.25 an hour.

“The streets will not have our children,” she concluded in the post.

The post has more than 751 shares, 505 likes, and 112 comments.