STOCKTON - Three dozen young people are busy working in Stockton this summer because of a jobs program designed to help kids at risk.

Funding came from the city of Stockton. H.O.P.E., Helping Other People Expand, is the agency supervising the kids and their work projects.

"I'd be getting in trouble on the streets, running around, but this job saved me," 16-year-old Marcus Crowell said.

Carlos Valencia, 17, is on probation for burglary but excelling in the work program.

"I applied and came here, it's great," Valencia said. "They put me at the head of the kitchen. Doing good, I love it."

"Here, I'm trying to change my life around and do good," he added. "[Crime] leads to nowhere. I don't want to be a nobody when I grow up."