Capri Originals – Lost Angels Children’s Project

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Lost Angels Children's Project

We at Capri Tools have many loyal fans and customers. Besides YouTubers and mechanic crews reviewing our tools, non-profit organizations like the Lost Angels Children's Project (LACP) also enjoy our tools.

Empowering the Youth

LACP started as an afterschool program for at-risk youth (18 to 24 years old) in 2014. 

“Starting in 2020, we’ve been a youth workforce development program. We currently offer 12-week intensive training in classic car restoration and teach skills for landing entry-level jobs in the aerospace industry. 

72 youth graduate from our program each year, and over 90% receive job offers from local employers. We also provide wrap-around support and job-focused case management to youth and families facing poverty, homelessness, and other barriers.”

How was LACP Founded?

LACP was founded by Aaron Valencia in 2014. 

Aaron was inspired to create LACP while volunteering in soup lines at Grace Resources and Skid Row. During this time, he met many impoverished youths with limited employment opportunities.

Deeply affected by their harrowing experiences, Aaron realized that he could use his own passion for building classic automobiles to teach young people how to help themselves and rise above their circumstances. So, he started an afterschool program to teach them how to build classic cars. He became a CNN Hero for his efforts and was featured on the Jay Leno show.

The program evolved when youths started aging out of the program but still needed a pathway to success. As a result, Aaron partnered with the City of Lancaster, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and others to start the Lost Angels Work Program. This program features paid vocational training for youth and results in living wage job placement for disadvantaged youth who are ready to learn and work

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

- Fredrick Douglas

What is LACP's goal?

LACP’s goal is to empower and employ youth through skills-based learning and work-based experience in a classic car restoration social enterprise.

When youth are transitioning to adulthood and become ready to work and achieve independence, Lost Angels will be there to support, train, and employ them. They strive to build a pipeline of opportunity for youth in the Antelope Valley through resource coordination, skills-based learning, and sectoral partnerships with the thriving aerospace industry.

LACP's Garage

LACP has a 10,000-square-foot industrial arts training facility located in Lancaster, California.

Lost Angels Work Program

Trades & Skills Offered

Classic Car Restoration:

  • Welding
  • Fabrication
  • Body Work
  • Paint & Prep
  • Composites
  • Engine & Electrical Assembly
  • Many other in-demand skills that are immediately transferable to our local aerospace industry.

Students Work On:

  • Classic Cars
  • Cadillacs
  • Fords
  • Phaeton Replicas
  • Chevelles
  • Modern Vehicles including BMW, Infinities & others

12 Week Program Breakdown

6-Week Apprenticeship

Students learn classic car repair and shop skills in a hands-on training program. All while receiving soft skills training provided by The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).

The class begins fabricating simple structures almost immediately. All students must pass a drug test to participate in the program and also receive forklift training and certification.

6-Week On-The-Job Training

During the program, apprentices have the opportunity to join Lost Angels as paid skilled laborers earning 15-16 dollars an hour and continue their training by applying skills learned towards classic car restoration.

The program teaches highly transferable skills designed to help students land jobs in aeronautics, aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing industries. 

Win a Custom-built 1962 Chevrolet C10 Pickup!

LACP 2022 Custom Car Giveaway

This year, LACP is hosting a custom car giveaway. The lucky winner will receive their custom-made 1962 Chevy C10.

Anyone can join — all you have to do is purchase a 2022 Giveaway Poster for $20. You will receive one qualifying ticket with each poster you purchase. There’s no limit to how many posters you can purchase. 

The draw will take place live on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at the 19th Annual Ventura Nationals Custom Car and Motorcycle Show. The address is Ventura Fair Grounds, 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001.

100% of proceeds from the poster sale will go towards our vocational training program.

Please note:

  • There are no returns.
  • A $5.99 shipping charge will be added to your total order. Standard shipping orders usually arrive in five to seven days if you’re in the continental United States. If you’re placing an order from outside the United States, shipping costs will vary depending on your location.
  • We will only ship a maximum of two posters for orders over two unless requested otherwise.
  • Tickets are non-transferable.
  • You don’t need to be at the show to win. However, if you want to go to the giveaway in person, please fill out all of the required information on the back of your ticket.

LACP's Favorite Capri Tools

LACP loves the Capri Pneumatic Straight Die Grinder and Angle Die Grinder. They are extremely powerful and quiet. They also make fabrication easier and more efficient.

The Lost Angels Children's Project

How You Can Support LACP

If you want to support us, you can:

Make a donation. LACP uses all donations to create opportunities for the youth in the community!

Buy something from their shop. All earnings from the shop will go to their programing.

Sponsor LACP. You can also join the team to make a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged youth.

Thank You, LACP!

Thank you so much for this amazing interview, LACP. We’re delighted that our tools have helped disadvantaged youth land stable jobs and careers. Feedback like this encourages us to continue developing and refining state-of-the-art tools.

We at Capri Tools manufacture and sell tools that make a difference in people’s lives. Check out our shop to learn more about our products, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

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