Host of MTV’s ‘Pimp My Ride’ and FRAM Team Up to Teach Car Care Skills to Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica – UnderhoodService

Host of MTV’s ‘Pimp My Ride’ and FRAM Team Up to Teach Car Care Skills to Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica

More than 50 young men learn confidence-building skills from Xzibit and professional technicians.

According to a recent study, 90 percent of the youth involved in Boys & Girls Clubs of America graduate high school, thanks in large part to influential mentor relationships built at the clubs. Bottom line: Mentoring works. With this in mind, FRAM, MTV’s Pimp My Ride host Xzibit and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica kicked off the FRAM Ready to Role program, a nationwide initiative aimed at instilling confidence in young men through mentorship and hands-on car maintenance skills.

"Unlike with past generations where people took pride in caring for their vehicles, most youth aren’t taught do-it-yourself car care skills, but we’re aiming to change that," said Duane Pekar, brand leader for FRAM. "The hope of Ready to Role is to reignite that ‘under the hood’ passion and build confidence in at-risk youth – to give these young men skills they can use on their car and in life."

During the three-hour kick-off event at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica’s Main Branch, FRAM technicians, local car buffs and Xzibit taught the fundamentals of car maintenance to more than 50 club members ages 11-to-14 who participate in the Passport to Manhood character and life skills program. In between working on cars, the young men and technician volunteers spent time discussing cars and life over pizza.

"We know that connections with caring adults have a significant impact on the self-esteem of our young people. That’s why we create opportunities for them to be exposed to productive mentoring relationships," said Aaron Young, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica. "The FRAM Ready to Role program teaches our kids new confidence-building skills that they can use later in life. At the same time, mentors show them they can achieve anything they put their minds to."

FRAM also donated $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica and gave each child a personal car-care kit so they can continue to work under the hood of their own family vehicles.  

The next Ready to Role event will take place in October with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.

For more information about FRAM, visit

To learn more about how to become a Boys & Girls Club member or volunteer, visit

You May Also Like

Continental Releases 67 New Part Numbers

Twenty-two new import part numbers, as well as 39 new pulley and tensioner part numbers, are immediately available.

Continental announced a continued development of its import line of products with the addition of 22 new part numbers, as well as the expansion of its metals program, including 39 new pulley and tensioner part numbers. The new product line extensions are immediately available, Continental said.

39 Tensioners and Pulleys

Standard Motor Products Introduces 268 New Numbers

The release provides new coverage in 75 product categories and 80 part numbers for 2023 and 2024 model-year vehicles, SMP said.

BCA Bearings Unveils 2024 Endless Summer Promotion

The Endless Summer promotion runs from May 1 through June 30, 2024.

Clarios to Supply High-Performance AGM Battery to Major OEM

It offers up to 80% reduction in CO2 emissions over traditional AGM batteries, in many cases, Clarios said.

Philips Announces GoPure GP5212 Automotive Air Purifier

It uses a 3-layer filter to deliver cleaner, healthier, fresher air on the go, Lumileds said.

Other Posts

Child Labor for Repair Shops

This could be a chance to introduce teenagers to the auto care industry.

Snap-on Announces Latest Software Release

The latest software includes new coverage and guided component tests and features.

AACF Launches 65th Anniversary Fundraising Initiative

The campaign aims to raise $65,000 through 1,000 donations of $65 each.

BendPak Founder Don Henthorn Passes Away

Grew company from small machine shop to global leader in car lifts and garage equipment.