They told her they had been approached to join gangs and wanted to stay out of trouble.
Floored by their response, Heard hired them on the spot.
The teens were working in the garden, tending to the chicken coop and built wooden benches from scratch.
They learned communication skills, everything from making eye contact to shaking people's hands.
Heard said she was thrilled that their story went viral - with more than 700 shares on Facebook.
She hoped that others see the story and do the same thing.
Heard said communities need to invest in their children, invest in their future and make sure the streets do not take their children.