The New York City Fire Department held a graduation ceremony Tuesday for teens involved in its workforce development program.
The program is geared toward students from underrepresented communities.
The FDNY provides them with a support system, requires them to have certain grade averages and pays for them to be trained as EMTs.
Twenty-four students were recognized at the ceremony.
"I got certified. There's no other place I'd rather be than part of the FDNY family," said Jose Guzman, a graduate of the program.
"I did six months and I'm still 18. I have my EMT certification and my Hazmat certification, so it's a life-changing thing," said Derron Bucknor, a graduate of the program.
The FDNY will help the graduating students find jobs with their new certifications.
The program is open to teens between 14 and 19 years old.