Building a Brighter Future

Troubled children and their families present many of society's most difficult problems. For over 20 years, PayBack, Inc. has been meeting these challenges by helping youth, their families and our community break the cycle of juvenile delinquency.

What We Do

PayBack works in partnership with Metropolitan St. Louis Area Family Courts to help children, their families, and our community break the cycle of juvenile delinquency. Our goal is to fund and administer restorative justice programs for youth offenders and victims by raising restitution funds, locating job sites, and restoring the youth's sense of self through personal accountability, community service, and job skills.

How it Works

assignment

Youth offenders assigned to a work  site or crew

service

Youth offenders credited at minimum wage  for community service hours

restitution

Money earned  is paid as restitution to their victims

Our Impact

Restoring the health of the community, repairing the harm done, meeting victims’ needs, and emphasizing that the offender can — and must — contribute to those repairs, restores the youth's sense of self through lessons in personal accountability. It restores their sense of pride through work skills, community service and mentoring, it provides nonprofit and public agencies with a resource of volunteer manpower, and it restores the victim’s sense of community and sense of security and control.

200

worksites in the community
youth volunteering

581

6,720

hours of
community
service

"Just the feelings you
get when helping others feelS good. I learned responsibilities."

- Youth Participant