Youth Home stops in Augusta on cycling trip to change lives

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Paul Anderson Youth Home out of Vidalia is cycling to get troubled young boys on the right track.

Five members, alumni and supporters will bike over 500 miles by August 6th and travel through six cities.

Their goal is to fundraise for the youth home, which is not supported by government money, but makes a huge difference in the lives of troubled young boys.

18-year-old Jesse said he was sent to Paul Anderson after serving time in a youth detention center twice. He will now finish out his sentence at the home and said he has already turned his life around after being there for just 14 months.

"I came to the Youth Home in July of 2013," Jesse said. "I had been in youth detention centers twice and was arrested several times. I had problems with alcohol and drugs."

CEO Drew Read said the 500 mile cycling trip is also a teaching tool for the boys involved.

"The boys begin to believe they can do it," Read said," And it starts a habit in their mind that's positive as compared to some negative choices they made before."

The PAYH said they have a 90% success rate when it comes to keep people who have been through their program out of prison.

To track their progress on the trip, head to http://payh.w-track.net/. To donate, head to http://www.payhbikeride.com/.

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