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.

1960 Bubble Top Impala

1960 Bubble Top Impala

Here is a 1960 Impala 2 Door Bubble top that was brought to the Automotive Mentoring Group for a full restoration.  We will be doing a lot of metal work to repair extensive rust damage to the quarter panels and to blank out the antenna and old spot lights as well....

“Pepper” the Peddle Car

“Pepper” the Peddle Car

Here is the car as we received it before modification Here is another view of the car pre-modification “Pepper” the pedal car was the Automotive Mentoring Group’s entry into the 2016 World of Wheels Pedal Car Challenge.  I was the lead and designer...

1960 Bubble Top Impala

1960 Bubble Top Impala

Here is a 1960 Impala 2 Door Bubble top that was brought to the Automotive Mentoring Group for a full restoration.  We will be doing a lot of metal work to repair extensive rust damage to the quarter panels and to blank out the antenna and old spot lights as well....

“Pepper” the Peddle Car

“Pepper” the Peddle Car

Here is the car as we received it before modification Here is another view of the car pre-modification “Pepper” the pedal car was the Automotive Mentoring Group’s entry into the 2016 World of Wheels Pedal Car Challenge.  I was the lead and designer...

1960 Bubble Top Impala

1960 Bubble Top Impala

Here is a 1960 Impala 2 Door Bubble top that was brought to the Automotive Mentoring Group for a full restoration.  We will be doing a lot of metal work to repair extensive rust damage to the quarter panels and to blank out the antenna and old spot lights as well....

“Pepper” the Peddle Car

“Pepper” the Peddle Car

Here is the car as we received it before modification Here is another view of the car pre-modification “Pepper” the pedal car was the Automotive Mentoring Group’s entry into the 2016 World of Wheels Pedal Car Challenge.  I was the lead and designer...