Cadet Francisco Lazo

Raised in Los Angeles, Francisco Lazo would go to class, but he wouldn't pay attention.

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Francisco Lazo is a cadet at Sunburst Youth Academy
CBS News

"I didn't really get anything out of class, just go to see my friends," he said. "But I didn't like where I was going."

Lazo, 16, is one of the cadets at Sunburst Youth Academy that CBS News has been following throughout their time in the program.

"At first I was like, 'What did I get myself into?'" Lazo said. "It was a wake-up call, so I put my best effort towards it to show I wanted to be here and change my life."