This Car Restoration Project Saves At-Risk Youth

Author: Jason / Date: August 8, 2022 / Tags: at-risk youth

This Car Restoration Project Saves At-Risk Youth

( – While there are several programs available for at-risk youths in the US, there are few like Project Wreckless, a “workforce and capacity development program” designed to give people between the ages of 14 and 25 a chance to develop life skills while creating masterpieces.

 Project Wreckless utilizes an immersive teaching style, focusing on the act of restoring cars manufactured before 1974 while engaging with youth. Jordan Langer, the founder of the San Francisco-based program, explained that participants touch “every bolt” on the vehicles.

Langer mentioned that he can purchase the classic cars used for the undertakings for around $10,000. Once restored, the cars have the potential to sell at auction for up to $100,000. He is then able to plow the proceeds back into the program. 

Project Wreckless takes participants through a 10-month curriculum where they learn how to rebuild the cars and the practical and financial functions associated with keeping their jobs on budget and on track. As a result, they walk away with a sense of commitment, improved self-confidence, and a myriad of real-life business skills.

This incredible program keeps teens and young adults off the street, reduces their exposure to drugs and violence, and has even contributed to reduced suicide rates. Project Wreckless limits participants to 16 per session, so those who know of a youth who might be a good fit should consider emailing [email protected] to get information about availability or the status of the waitlist.

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