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Jeremy Malman, then a PhD student, and his long-time 052312
friend, Edon Gottlieb, who, at the time, was fully immersed in
Michael Barragan, initiated the conceptual framework of the program; the result of an unforgettably synergetic exchange between the two where they, very thoughtfully,
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of
described how motorcycles and motorcycle maintenance
man to elevate his life by a conscious
had positively impacted their lives in unexpected ways.
Both had spent a great deal of time working with at-risk youth and young offenders in varying capacities, coupled
– Henry David Thoreau
professional backgrounds, they were encouraged to further explore the potential utility of a motorcycle restoration facility that exposed inexperienced,
young people, to the art of vintage motorcycle restoration. W. M .C .
An exhaustive review of the research literature yielded several compelling findings.
Most startlingly however,
was the conspicuously neglected practice of vocational mentorship. Instead, many widely relied upon therapeutic strategies
were more closely aligned with failure and
personal dissatisfaction than anything else.
Considering the global programmatic shortcomings of the organizations expected to serve this extremely vulnerable community of young people, seemingly couched in habit Wo r t h M o to rc yc l e Co m p a ny B ro o k l y n , N ew Yo r k | 2 0 1 2 i n fo @ wo r t h m o to rc yc l e s .o rg
and outdated theoretical paradigms, we vowed to build something better.