At PAYH, we strive to provide a Christ-centered, holistic, and therapeutic approach towards transforming the lives of young men ages 16-21. This involves setting focused, individualized goals, tracking their progress, and maintaining accountability for everyone involved. Individual Service Plans are tailored to meet each young man’s specific needs at the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual levels.
Spiritual and Physical Development
There is no single aspect of a young man’s development as important as his spiritual life. Every day begins and ends with prayer, both for our young men and our staff. Bible study and daily devotionals are a core component of our program, and our young men memorize new passages of scripture weekly.
PAYH alumni often tell us that they graduated our program in the best shape of their lives. Every morning routine includes at least a 1 mile run, and our PE program also includes weightlifting, recreational sports, and training for specific athletic events. This training program is so effective that at the 2017 Chick-fil-A Vidalia Road Race, which had over 400 participants, our young men claimed 5 of the top 10 spots.
PAYH exists to help transform the lives of troubled young men and their families.
The four strategic priorities we pursue daily to accomplish this are:
- Planting God’s word in their lives and discipling them through mentoring and modeling
- Providing therapeutic counseling and substance abuse treatment
- Supplying a fully-accredited college preparatory high school and vocational training
- Supporting our graduates long-term through our transition program
Through long-term pursuit of these core priorities, our vision is to see generations of strong families serving Christ.
Substance Abuse Treatment Strategies
90% of the young men that come to PAYH arrive with substance abuse issues. Since each of them has unique problems, our substance abuse strategy is based on the individual needs of each young man with four distinct and integrated components available:
MOTIVATION FOR CHANGE®: Recovery begins with the determination to change; there must come a moment when a young man realizes that the path they are on is not sustainable. MFC is a six-stage model focused on those who do not yet recognize their need for new direction in life.
MORAL RECONATION THERAPY®: One of the most effective ways to decrease recidivism in offenders of all kinds is to stimulate their moral reasoning. Using a systematic cognitive behavioral therapy approach, MRT positively addresses the social, moral, and behavioral growth of our young men.
SMART RECOVERY®: Designed to support individuals who have chosen to abstain from addictive behaviors, Smart Recovery is a four-point program that teaches our young men to avoid self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions and to work towards long-term satisfaction and quality of life.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY®: Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain, or addiction of any kind. It is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling one’s life. With over 35,000 churches participating in this program, our young men can easily find a place to connect and continue their recovery after graduation.
Fully Accredited High School
Young men can earn a high school diploma or GED through our SACS/ACSI accredited high school and can obtain college credit online through our participation in Georgia’s “Move on When Ready” program.
Vocational Training Program
At PAYH, we introduce our young men to various skilled trades. Through our vocational program, they learn the basics of agriculture, landscaping, culinary arts, auto mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical circuitry.
Practical Life Skills Training
In order to teach our young men to be independent, productive citizens, we provide training in areas often overlooked in formal education, including applying for jobs, basic auto and household maintenance, managing a budget, and filing taxes.
We know how difficult it can be for young men who have worked so hard to change the direction of their lives to leave the safety and structure they have found at PAYH and to smoothly transition into the outside world. Because of our desire to see them live a full, successful life, our transition team works diligently with our young men and their families to create an individualized transition plan that meets the immediate and future goals of each graduate and places him in a positive, supportive environment where he has the best opportunity to succeed.