When it comes to designing a unique program that changes lives through car restoration, there is one nonprofit we look to in Bayview.

Project Wreckless drives at-risk youth to build better futures by restoring classic exotic and muscle cars. Its immersive, results-focused curriculum equips these teenagers with job skills, confidence and pride.

The program offers 12 young people an all-hands, inclusive experience providing technical and personal skills for career development. Each student spends 12 weeks as a mechanic, then rotates into human resources, accounting, safety and other roles.

Now in its second year, Project Wreckless rehabs pre-1975 automotive icons that are sold at auctions for whopping bids. Over seven months, the students get varied job training, solid mentoring and a chance at scholarships.

Founder Jordan Langer bought the Project Wreckless building and uses fundraising proceeds for its renovation.

On June 14, it all comes together as Project Wreckless sponsors its second Showcase and Fundraiser, this time spotlighting participants’ new skills in a live classic car workshop. Guests also get to mingle, plus enjoy cocktails and live entertainment. Oh yeah, and go-kart racing!

This fast and furious program is revving up and shows no signs of slowing down. Next month is your chance to check out the incredible work that’s changing the lives of our youth in Bayview.

WHAT: Project Wreckless Showcase and Fundraiser

WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 5 p.m.-midnight (Family-friendly until 8:30 p.m.; 21-plus from 8:30 p.m.-midnight)

WHERE: SVN West, 10 S. Van Ness, San Francisco

PROCEEDS: 100 percent to Project Wreckless

TO DONATE: Visit official website

Mail checks to:
Project Wreckless
88 5th St., 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103