In addition to building his business, he also wants to give back by helping Central Georgia kids learn a skill while earning extra money.
MACON, Ga. — A Macon man says he wants to be a positive role model while helping kids learn a new life skill.
For years, Benjamin Reid detailed cars with no cash in the shop. He and his business partner now have one in Macon for Greenwood End Auto Detailing.
In addition to building their business, he says they also want to give back by helping Central Georgia kids learn a skill while earning extra money.
“When kids have a positive role model, it’s going to help their self-esteem, it helps them want to do better, be better and just do better in life,” Reid said.
Growing up Reid had positive role models in his life.
“He worked hard and it makes us want to work hard because we looked at him as the service provider. So it makes you want to be positive for your family in the future,” Reid said.
His mentor has passed away, but he wants to be the same positive figure for others.
“Most young people are getting killed more now than back in the day. Why not give them a way to give them something positive, like getting a wash bucket and washing cars, so they can can make money for themselves and be taught how to make money for themselves,” says Reid.
In September his business will have kids from elementary, middle and high school come and learn how to detail cars. Children are paid per car.
Reid hopes the kids will learn a lifelong skill so they can start their own business one day.
Reid’s son, Jalen Wilson, is a senior in college. He plans to help his father teach the kids how to detail cars and provide them with some inspiration.
“Sometimes you can get off course, but the role model can be an example for you and then you can make an example for those younger than you,” Wilson said.
The program begins in September at Reid’s new brick-and-mortar auto shop at 1870 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Macon.
You can email Greenwood Bottom Auto Detailing to enroll your child in the program at Greenwoodbottomautodetailing@gmail.com.
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