In 2013, we were "Bikers Changing the Lives of Young People in Recovery". We are very proud to have presented The Living Classrooms Foundation with a check for $10,005. Many thanks to all those who helped make it possible!


The Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-based non-profit educational organization, which is built around “learning by doing” programs.

The Fresh Start program
is a ten-month job-training program for disadvantaged young people ages 16-19, who are out of school and out of work. A majority of the students come either out of the juvenile justice system and/or substance abuse treatment centers.

The program uses carpentry as a medium to teach reading, writing, math, history, and science, as well as GED education training. Students work in the Foundation's Maritime Institute workshop and the Douglass-Myers Maritime Park boatbuilding workshop, building toolboxes, furniture, and boats. 

They also receive classroom instruction and one-on-one tutoring. The curriculum is designed to increase
self-reliance, teach problem solving and academic skills, and demonstrate how academic skills and knowledge are used in a practical work environment. Fresh Start also provides intensive support and "wrap-around services" through life skills and job placement opportunities. 

Fresh Start students increase their math, reading, and writing levels by an average of 1.5 grade levels while in the program; 75-80 percent of Fresh Start program graduates remain employed and/or in school for three years after completion of the program. 

The Fresh Start program is one example of how Living Classrooms is changing lives by teaching marketable job skills. The U.S. Department of Labor and the National Youth Employment Coalition continue to recognize Living Classrooms' Fresh Start program for "best practices working with at-risk youth" and for embodying a "continuous improvement process."

Members of  MCV deliver check for $10,005 
to the Living Classrooms' Fresh Start Program