Mississippi teen goes viral after he gets summer jobs for all of his friends

Published 7:04 am Wednesday, July 3, 2024

A group of Mississippi teens’ summer plans went viral—gaining over 10,000 likes and 5,000 shares—after one young man recruited his friends and teammates to join him in being productive and staying out of trouble.

The Vicksburg Post reports that newly elected Vicksburg Ward 1 Alderman Thomas J. Mayfield recognized a group of local teenagers for their commendable decision to join the workforce, helping them stay productive and avoid trouble. As one of his first acts in office, Mayfield issued a statement praising these teenagers and their responsible choices, following an in-person recognition event at his Vicksburg City Hall office on Monday.

The group includes Fabian Moore, Corderrion Valentine, Devin Banks, and Felton Moore. According to the statement, these teenagers took a proactive approach to their summer by securing jobs at a Burger King in Clinton, Mississippi. This initiative was sparked by Shakayla Dixon, Corderrion’s mother and a manager at Burger King, who invited her son to work there. Seeing a valuable opportunity, Corderrion encouraged his friends and basketball teammates to join him in earning money and staying out of trouble.

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Mayfield emphasized that the teenagers’ decision to work was driven by a desire to contribute positively to their community, particularly in light of growing concerns about youth violence. Corderrion expressed hope that their choice to work would inspire other young people to avoid trouble and seek productive activities.

The story of these teenagers gained significant traction on social media after Dixon posted about it on Facebook, receiving over 5,000 shares and 10,000 likes. The story’s impact further expanded when Nick Cannon, a well-known comedian and TV host, shared it on Instagram, garnering nearly 100,000 likes.

Mayfield’s recognition of these teenagers underscores the importance of positive role models and community support in encouraging responsible behavior among youth. By highlighting their initiative, Mayfield hopes to inspire other young people in Vicksburg to make similar choices that contribute to their personal growth and the community’s well-being.



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