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Teen works during summer break, building business around helping others

Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 19:27:02-04

NEW IBERIA — While some kids stay indoors playing video games, 14-year-old Malakye Jackson works outside.

"I started passing out fliers and I said, instead of sitting on my phone doing nothing, I can be working." Jackson said.

What started as helping his family around age 10, has now turned into a business.

"He helped my grandmother do dishes, helped my grandfather do yard work." His cousin Theron Mitchell said, "every time we talk he tells me what he does that day, I'm very excited because he isn't on the street like other kids. He's doing stuff with his life."

Jackson not only does yard work, he also does indoor work and washes cars.

"He just offers, I'll be in my room, and he'll be like, can I help. He'll dust the dressers, sweep and mop the floors, whatever. He's a really big help."

While school is just around the corner, Jackson says he has no plans on quitting.

"After school will be a good time, instead of canceling the job." Jackson added.

Although most people do pay him, the teenager says it's the right thing to do.

"Picture an old man who can't move the way he wants, so he can call me and I can come mow the lawn so he won't keep messing his body up," Jackson said.

Jackson says he plans on being a business owner one day.

"Once I hit 15 I'll get a real job then I'll be able to invest more into my business I'm going to start."