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Table of Contents Listen to the WGN Radio interview April 15, 20171964 Chevy Biscayne Restored By Ex Gang Members (article by Hot Cars) March 17, 2017Thank you Steve Harvey and Quaker State for your support!Thank you WTTW’s Chicago Tonight and Brandi Friedman for the January 25, 2016 WTTW Interview.Thank you […]

Listen to the WGN Radio interview April 15, 2017

1964 Chevy Biscayne Restored By Ex Gang Members (article by Hot Cars) March 17, 2017

Alex Levesque’s Automotive Mentoring Group is a non – profit organization, teaching young women and men the art of automobile restoration.
Thank you WFLD-Ch. 32 FOX News and anchor Robin Robinson for interviewing AMG for the Sep 10, 2013 Chicago At The Tipping Point segment ‘Special on Violence’.
Above Image of Robin Robinson visiting AMG’s garage.
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Thank you Steve Harvey and Quaker State for your support!

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

And we need your support too!  Click here to find out how you can help to make a difference.  

Thank you WTTW’s Chicago Tonight and Brandi Friedman for the January 25, 2016 WTTW Interview.

Thank you Sun-Times for the Febuary 13, 2016 article.

Thank you WINDY CITY LIVE and ABC for another interview (aired on Nov 23, 2015 )

Please come to the new fundraiser October 8, 2015

Thanks for the

You & Me This Morning interview August 19, 2015

Thanks for the

Sylvia Perez Interview June 2015

Thank you ABC Channel 7 Chicago News for your

March 2014 Interview and your support!

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Summing it up in a Harry Porterfield CBS interview ………

“Young men are only interested in two things, and that’s young girls and old cars. And we’re in the car business,” said Alex Levesque, founder and driving force behind AMG, the Automove Mentoring Group, located in Bedford Park.

“AMG is proactive against gang violence,” he said. “Chicago has the largest gang population in the country.”

In an effort to combat juvenile violence AMG volunteers have been recruiting gang members off the streets.

“People want to ignore them, and they think that it’s just going to go away, and it’s not going to go away,” Levesque said. “We take them into this large warehouse, and we train them how to restore classic cars from the 1930′s through the 1970′s.”

He created AMG 24 years ago, and since then not a single member of the mentoring group ever returned to their former life.

Former gang member Quantrell Haywood is one of 300 young men Levesque has mentored. He’s been at AMG for two years.

“I’ve always had something of an interest in cars. I came here and Alex gave me a chance,” Haywood said. “I don’t feel safe anywhere, but when I come here, I know it’s safe now.”

Ten-year-old Reese Price has been building model cars as he begins to work his way thru AMG.

“I don’t know what I’d do without cars,” he said. “I love what I’m doing.”

AMG volunteer Samuel Johnson said “you’ve got to start somewhere, and if we can start trying to mentor these kids, and get them going in the right direction, … I think it’s a great start.”

Levesque said, “We have to be able to find a way to recycle these human beings, and we just use cars to do it. It’s where my heart is. It’s what i must do.”

“I really think about things a lot different now,” Haywood said.

“They need us more now than ever before,” Levesque said.

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