Coyote Hill Helps Teen Get First Job & First Car

Three months ago Paul* set a goal to get a job. He and Cody, his Home Parent Dad, went job hunting, applied online, and by the end of the month he had call backs from everywhere he applied. He interviewed and accepted a job at Dairy Queen in Fayette.

After just two months of part-time work, he’s been given a raise to $8/hour and earned Employee of the Week honors. He works in the kitchen, cooking all food and cleaning his area.

He’s learned success comes from “always being enthusiastic and respectful to all people.”

first car

Saving for a car was one of his goals of the job. Since April he’s been saving vigilantly. He needed to save enough to purchase a car, buy insurance, register and title the car, and pass his driver’s test.

Here’s how his budget broke down:

[ezcol_1third]$700[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Cost of Car[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]$165/month[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Insurance[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]$86.50[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]License/Registration[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]$20/two weeks[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Gas[/ezcol_2third_end]

[ezcol_1third]$971.50[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Total[/ezcol_2third_end]

This week he accomplished everything. He saved nearly $1,000 in two months! Coyote Hill had an old Honda Accord that had been donated previously that he was able to purchase. It currently doesn’t have A/C, so his next big savings goal is roughly $400 for a new A/C compressor. He also would love to treat everyone at Coyote Hill to ice cream on him. His advice to other teens who are job hunting, “It’s your choice to have a positive attitude. No matter what the circumstances, you can choose to be friendly.”

Larry, our Co-Founder/Executive Director, has often been quoted as saying, “If you work hard, solve problems, and have a positive attitude you’ll always have a job.”

It’s clear Paul has heard this wisdom.

*name changed for confidentiality.

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