Jaylin Clyburn is just 12 years old, but he is already planning for his future, according to KENS5.
The young boy in Lancaster, South Carolina, has always had a heart for helping those in his community.
“I love to help people. Like open the door for people and help my elders,” the 12-year-old boy said.
So when Jaylin decided to save some money for college, he knew he wanted to do something that would have a positive impact on his neighbors.
“I started my business of cutting grass because my cousin is a landscaping person and that made me want to start cutting grass,” the boy said.
Because Jaylin didn’t want to burden his mother with his financial expenses, he wrote a post about his service on Facebook.
It was almost like destiny that a man named Joe Lalino spotted Jaylin’s post.
“I found Jaylin’s ad of Facebook and I took a double-take when I saw the ad,” Lalino said. “You don’t see ads or posts by 12-year-olds and it immediately brought me back to when I was 12.”
Lalino would normally hire professional landscapers to tend to his lawn, but something made him call the boy, Lalino said.
“I called the number and he showed up one night with his mother and I think his cousin. And that’s when the whole thing started for me,” Lalino said.
As Jaylin was pulling out his lawn equipment, Lalino realized the boy didn’t have the proper tools to cut his grass.
“He’s got this little lawnmower that is really almost a toy,” Lalino said. “So I told them to use mine because it’s bigger.”
Jaylin and his cousin spent hours mowing Lalino’s lawn, making sure that everything was perfect.
Lalin said what happened next was unexplainable.
After that first day, Jaylin and Lalino struck up a friendship. Lalino even designed some flyers for Jaylin’s new business.
“I want to teach him that when you go to cut a lawn, put a flyer on that door and that door since you’re already there,” Lalino said.
Jaylin said he’s cut over 100 lawns this summer and plans to continue throughout the school year.
“When I have homework, I can do it after,” Jaylin said. “And I can do it after school and on the weekends.”
The 12-year-old said he believes his dedication to and hard work for his business will help him in his future plans.
When Jaylin grows up, he wants to be an NFL player, Jaylin said he really wants to meet Cam Newton.
Lalino finished the interview with this thought, “Right now, America needs more mothers like Jaylin’s mother and we need more kids like Jaylin.”
Jaylin’s contact: 803-235-1260.