A man from Lancaster, California recently started a nonprofit organization that focuses on teaching at-risk kids from low income areas how to restore and resell vintage vehicles. The organization is called “Lost Angels Children’s Project,” and it started last year as an after school program for troubled youth. The founder of this nonprofit is making a difference for kids who are in the same situation that he was in at that stage of life.
The founder of LACP has his own history of issues, growing up with little parental guidance in a low-income home. He was constantly surrounded by drugs and alcohol. At the age of nine, he started drinking. Then, at the age of thirteen, he started smoking crystal meth. He was raised by a single mother who was absent and addicted to drugs. So, like many kids with this background, he was on the path to nowhere. He ended up homeless, sleeping in parks and begging for money on the street. Then, in 1999, he entered a rehabilitation program to get off drugs and turn his life around.
Going to rehab changed his life for the better. He got sober and began a new life for himself. Somewhere along the line, he got a job in an auto garage and started working on restoring antique cars. He developed a passion for it. Now, he owns his own garage, and makes a great living buying classic cars and flipping them for a profit.
Now, he is working to help kids by preventing them from going down the same path that almost destroyed his life. Kids from the area started hanging around his garage, which sparked the beginning of LACP. Now, kids come to his garage after school to learn the business of restoring classic cars. This program keeps kids off the street, reducing the risk of them turning to drugs and crime. It offers a real alternative that at-risk kids can become passionate about.
The kids enter the program with no knowledge about cars or the mechanics behind them. But they learn everything from the organization’s founder, who truly wants to make a difference in his community. The kids learn all the basics of how automobiles run, the different parts required, how to make them safe for public roads, etc. In addition, the kids learn the business side. They learn how to make money by selling cars they have restored. This gives kids from financially unstable families the chance to learn a specific trade which could lead to a fruitful career.