Hearts of Wheels Car Ownership and Mentoring Program (COMP) is comprised of two levels of entry. Upon acceptance into our program, our disadvantaged and at-risk youth will fall in one of two categories, Phase One or Phase Two.
Phase One- will place them on the path of obtaining their driving permit or their drivers license.
Phase Two- will place them on the path to car ownership.
We place a small lien on the cars until the mentees complete our 12-18 month COMP program. During the 12 months of Phase Two, we educate them on various topics, such as, car safety, basic car maintenance, the importance of maintaining car insurance, the difference between leasing and purchasing a car, how to survive a carjacking, , Alabama state laws on license suspensions and more. We require our youth to use their cars to be gainfully employed during their 12 months of mentoring. We teach them to pay back to the community, with a mandatory requirement to volunteer at an approved charity during their 12- month mentoring program. We are firm believers in giving a hand up and not just a handout!
At Hearts of Wheels, our mission is to bring as much value as possible to the resources that our donors have so graciously entrusted to us ! Through our Car Put-back and Repurpose Program (CPR), we try to put-back and repurpose as many cars as we can for our disadvantaged and at-risk youth.
The term “put-back” is a basketball term for when another team player seizes the missed scoring opportunity of a teammate and he’s able to gain control of the ball and create another opportunity to score for their team. At Hearts of Wheels, we realize that we are all on the same team when it comes to taking care of our disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Give us the opportunity to gain control of that car rusting away in your backyard and let us create another scoring opportunity! We also make winning players out of cars that can’t reasonably be restored. They become our role players for parts and cash resources for our CPR Program!