Automotive Mentoring Group

About the AMG’s founder

The Automotive Mentoring Group was founded by Alex Levesque.  He started the group 24 years ago in response to the, even then, growing violence among the city’s youth due to gang violence.  Watching the daily news became painful and he thought someone needs to do something about it.  Then one day he felt a spiritual tap on his shoulder and a voice said what about you!  Knowing the interest in cars that most young men have he left his career in Architecture to pursue one in cars that he could then use to make a difference.  He started the AMG with mostly his own funding and continued to do so for many years until becoming a 501c3 in 2012.  His personal sacrifice to keep the AMG open is remarkable.  There have been many times that without his own funding of the AMG the doors would have been closed because of lack of heat or electricity.  He is there 7 days a week sometimes from 7am till 9pm and rarely takes anytime off.  He welcomes everyone that comes through our door with a warm heart but he can also be tough on us when we need it.  Thanks to his commitment to making a difference here in Chicago he has been able to see hundreds of the city’s youth come through our program many of which have moved on to bigger and better futures.

’76 Monte Carlo Door Fabrication

’76 Monte Carlo Door Fabrication

Both Doors to the ’76 Monte Carlo were, well they were bad!  When we first started to look at them I really did not think there was any hope and told my mentor that I could not fix them.  I said they were garbage and and we should start looking for replacements....

’76 Monte Carlo….Full Restoration??

’76 Monte Carlo….Full Restoration??

The ’76 Monte Carlo is not a special car by any means, unless it was your first new car and you are the original owner.  That is how we ended up with the 1976 Monte Carlo at the Automotive Mentoring Group.  It was completely smashed on the passenger side, from...

The Restoration Has Begun!

The Restoration Has Begun!

So it has officially begun.  We started the Restoration of the 1947 Cadillac Series 60 Fleetwood today July 23, 2016.  I received the ’47 as a gift from my mentor Alex Leveque of the Automotive Mentoring Group back in March of 2016. Over the last few months I...

’76 Monte Carlo Door Fabrication

’76 Monte Carlo Door Fabrication

Both Doors to the ’76 Monte Carlo were, well they were bad!  When we first started to look at them I really did not think there was any hope and told my mentor that I could not fix them.  I said they were garbage and and we should start looking for replacements....

’76 Monte Carlo….Full Restoration??

’76 Monte Carlo….Full Restoration??

The ’76 Monte Carlo is not a special car by any means, unless it was your first new car and you are the original owner.  That is how we ended up with the 1976 Monte Carlo at the Automotive Mentoring Group.  It was completely smashed on the passenger side, from...

The Restoration Has Begun!

The Restoration Has Begun!

So it has officially begun.  We started the Restoration of the 1947 Cadillac Series 60 Fleetwood today July 23, 2016.  I received the ’47 as a gift from my mentor Alex Leveque of the Automotive Mentoring Group back in March of 2016. Over the last few months I...

’76 Monte Carlo Door Fabrication

’76 Monte Carlo Door Fabrication

Both Doors to the ’76 Monte Carlo were, well they were bad!  When we first started to look at them I really did not think there was any hope and told my mentor that I could not fix them.  I said they were garbage and and we should start looking for replacements....

’76 Monte Carlo….Full Restoration??

’76 Monte Carlo….Full Restoration??

The ’76 Monte Carlo is not a special car by any means, unless it was your first new car and you are the original owner.  That is how we ended up with the 1976 Monte Carlo at the Automotive Mentoring Group.  It was completely smashed on the passenger side, from...

The Restoration Has Begun!

The Restoration Has Begun!

So it has officially begun.  We started the Restoration of the 1947 Cadillac Series 60 Fleetwood today July 23, 2016.  I received the ’47 as a gift from my mentor Alex Leveque of the Automotive Mentoring Group back in March of 2016. Over the last few months I...