October 4, 2016 9:13 pm
Updated: October 5, 2016 10:39 am

After-school program teaching at-risk youth how to build cars in jeopardy

WATCH: A program that helps keep troubled kids off the street is facing an uncertain future. As Ted Field reports, the CUT program is losing its long-time home.


Every Monday a group of young gearheads gather in a Coquitlam warehouse to work on a ’48 Chevy pickup.

They are part of CUT, or Customs for Urban Teens, a program started to give at-risk youth a place to find focus but now it is in jeopardy.

CUT participants build hot rods and then raffle them off to fund the program. It has been a success, helping some young people to get off the couch and develop valuable job skills.

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It started to give at-risk youth a place to find focus but now it is in jeopardy since the company that has generously donated work space for years needs it back.

“They need to have their space back which is understandable because that’s business.” CUT co-founder Mark McKim said.

“Just from coming here it got me my head start and if wasn’t for Mark and the program I would probably still be looking for a job,” CUT participant Charlie Beauchesne said.

CUT has brought a lot of individual parts together to create something amazing.

Unless they can find a new home the truck will be stored away and the team will be broken up. They hope someone is out there who can help keep the program humming.

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