Youth Development

Project Wreckless

Providing Tools For Life

San Francisco, CA   |  www.projectwreckless.org

Mission

Project Wreckless provides tools for life through an immersive curriculum centered around the restoration of badass cars. We don't just provide tools and support. We expect more of our youth so they gain the confidence to expect more of themselves.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Jordan Langer

Main address

P.O. Box 883032

San Francisco, CA 94188 USA

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EIN

47-5087080

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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In San Francisco, 13.5% of all high school students dropout. High school dropouts are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested and 8 times more likely to be incarcerated than students who successfully graduate high school. In vocational schools, the dropout rate is HALF that of traditional high schools. Through the power of vocational training and capacity development, Project Wreckless provides an accessible alternative to disenfranchised youth, and helps them create a better life, all centered around the restoration of classic cars. We support the most at-risk youth in San Francisco - gang members, addicts, youth with criminal records, and those struggling with mental illness. We refuse to refuse those who are classified as "too far gone." We directly serve 24 youth in our community each year. We focus on build­ing strong, impactful and long-term relationships with each youth that participates in our program.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Project Wreckless

Project Wreckless is a capacity development program targeting youth in our community who are more likely to drop out of school, abuse substances, and/or engage in criminal activity. Project Wreckless provides tools for life through an immersive curriculum centered around the restoration of badass cars. We don't just provide tools and support. We expect more of our youth so they gain the confidence to expect more of themselves. As they cycle through seven job functions, each with a unique set of responsibilities, the twelve participants collaborate to get the project to the finish line. From the practical skills of rebuilding a car to the fiscal responsibility of keeping the project on budget and on time, the seven job functions are not only essential to the completion of the project, but also challenge each participant to expand their own capacities. The program instills self confidence, and strength of mind and character through the meaningful guidance and support from instructors and mentors. Participants are held accountable for their commitment to the program, to their teammates, and most importantly, to themselves. Project Wreckless is a quantitative, results-driven program at its core. The transformation of the car from a rusted pile of parts to a one-of-a-kind show car is a tangible metaphor for the impact Project Wreckless will have on its participants. www.projectwreckless.org

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Where we work

Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Project Wreckless is a capacity development program that targets the most at-risk youth in San Francisco - those who are more likely to drop out of school, abuse substances, or engage in criminal activity. Project Wreckless provides the “tools for life” through an immersive curriculum centered around the restoration of classic cars. Our program is unique in that our youth rotate through a unique set of job roles necessary for the effective operations of an auto shop. Quantitative skills learned include auto mechanics, accounting, responsible social media, public speaking, scheduling, and budgeting. Qualitative skills learned include teamwork, collaboration, conflict resolution, people management, and communication. Together, these qualitative and quantitative skills comprise the “tools for life” toolbox that Project Wreckless provides to each student. At Project Wreckless, we expect more of our youth, so they gain the confidence to expect more from themselves. OUR ‘RESTORATION TO MARKET’ REVENUE MODEL Over the course of 6 months, Project Wreckless restores a classic car from the ground up. 12 youth, every six months, are empow­ered to lead all aspects of the project from design to sale and everything in between. Powered by a curriculum that is designed from trauma-informed and restorative justice models, our youth gain life skills as they rotate through our 7 job roles with increasing responsibility. AUTO TECHNICIAN - diagnose, inspect, and repair project vehicles in the shop. PROGRAM MANAGER - team leader - responsible for making informed decisions to plan and oversee the current project. ACCOUNTING MANAGER - manage the budget for the current project and oversee its implementation. HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER - coordinate the team to best utilize each youths' talents. PARTS MANAGER - manage the inventory of old and new parts for the current project. SAFETY MANAGER - inspect and monitor shop for safety + compliance. COMMUNITY MANAGER - communicate, celebrate and amplify our mission as a spokesperson for Project Wreckless. Upon completion of the build, the car that cost $50,000 to build is sold at a national auction with a target sale price of over $100,000. 100% of the proceeds of the sale feed directly back into the next program cycle, the next cohort of youth, and the next revenue-generating build. Because our revenue model allows us to incorporate valuable organizational, budgeting and marketing skills into our curriculum, it sets Project Wreckless apart from other organizations. Our self-sustaining revenue model enables us to focus 100% of our donated funds on programmatic expansion and direct youth impact, and ensures Project Wreckless will be a pillar of San Francisco for years to come.

Since we opened our doors two years ago, our strategy for success falls directly on the shoulders of our committed staff, local leaders, the City of San Francisco and graduates from previous programs–– and of course, our donors. Project Wreckless has successfully provided mentorship, skill-building, and support for our youth. In these few short years, we've had 20 youth participate in our program to date. As our program and curriculum grows, so too has our strategy for success. Increasingly Project Wreckless has brought on private partners to help make our youths' dreams become realities. These partnerships include Slack, Charles Schwabb, Microsoft, Polestar, and many more.

At Project Wreckless, we believe we are only as strong and capable as the community of people we bring to the table. Our committed family of staff, board members and volunteers allow us to meet the goals we set for ourselves. Additionally, Project Wreckless is honored and proud to have the continued support from the following partners, and the city of San Francisco at large: YMCA Bayview Youth Services https://bayviewci.org/core-programs/youth-services/ San Francisco Police Department San Francisco District Attorney’s Office San Francisco Mayor’s Officer of Economic and Workforce Development San Francisco Department of Environment NPU, Inc. https://nonplusultrainc.com The Gumball 3000 Foundation https://gumball3000.com/blog/foundation California State Assembly Partnerships are crucial to the sustainability of Project Wreckless. Our partners support our mission and validate the need for and the positive impact our program has in the community.

In order to graduate, youth must earn each tool in the ‘tools for life’ toolbox that we deem to demonstrate proficiency in all 7 of the ‘tools for life’ job roles: - Auto mechanic, program-related goal - for example, “ You have re-built an engine, and it has successfully turned over”. - Practical auto skill - for example, “You can change the oil in a car” or “You can rotate your tires”. - 90% attendance rate on programming days. - Creation of a professional resume. - Completion of a money management session (sponsored by PW). - Personal goal attainment - youth must set and achieve at least two personal goals that are monitored and supported within our programming (including completion of project plan to achieve the goal) - for example, “You enrolled in city college” or “You successfully completed your GED” or “You secured and maintained gainful employment for 3 months” or “You maintained your sobriety for 3 months”. - And mentor sign off on qualitative tools: - Conflict resolution - peaceful, positive, and collaborative solving of issues - Communication - clear, kind, and effective communication, including learning to ask for help - Empathy - general and honest care and respect for the team - Teamwork - all for one and one for all ‘can do’ attitude - Pay it forward - giving what you can to help another, so we can all raise up together.

Project Wreckless has been a part of San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood for over two years. When looking for a home for Project Wreckless, we knew it was important to make a positive impact not only on the youth participating in the program, but on the community as a whole. In January 2017, our Board of Directors purchased the blighted building of 1449 Mendell Street, at the corner of 3rd and Palou. This is one of the central hubs of the Bayview, and also has the worst crime rate. The selection of this location was intentional, so the positive impact we are making in the community can have the most reach. Over the past two years, the Project Wreckless Board of Directors has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the building, and more importantly, thousands of hours connecting with the community, neighbors, and Bayview locals. To date, the space has been donated to Project Wreckless to call home. This purchase solidifies our commitment and dedication to making a positive impact on the Bayview community. Project Wreckless has sponsored and supported numerous community activations, including National Night Out at the Opera House, Butcher Town Jazz Festival, The Community Pumpkin Patch, Bayview Uncorked, Bayview Pop Up Market, and more. In 2019, Project Wreckless partnered with The Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development and City Parks Alliance to pioneer the Public Space Initiative at Mendell Plaza. This initiative activates Mendell Plaza every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between the hours of 4pm - 7pm. Activa­tion creates community, community creates a neighborhood and a neighborhood creates a home. It is common knowledge that Project Wreckless welcomes everyone that comes through the doors of our garage as our friends. We appreciate getting to know them, hearing their stories of growing up in the neighborhood, and discovering truly what the Bayview means to them. Project Wreckless is committed to serving the community of the Bayview now and for the sustainable future. Our vision is to expand Project Wreckless across the country to other communities, like San Francisco’s Bayview, who truly need and will benefit from a strong community-building and workforce-developing program like Project Wreckless.

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Keywords

at-risk youth