Project Payback

This is a learning opportunity for you to develop an understanding of the duties and responsibilities for supervising youth on a work crew. Youth are earning money to pay restitution to victims and court fees/fines. Crews are an excellent venue to develop leadership skills.

Learning objectives

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of supervising youth in a work setting .
  • Learn philosophical perspectives endorsed and implemented by the Juvenile Department, such as Best Practices and Restorative Justice.
  • Observe and assist in the facilitation of completing a project and keeping youth motivated to complete daily work tasks.


  • Each person brings their own wisdom and experience. Be confident that you have a positive contribution to make.
  • Try not to take things personally as youth sometimes act out in challenging ways. Also, youth may not “warm-up’ to you right away. Things that come up usually have nothing to do with you.
  • Being present, listening, caring and being genuine can have a huge impact on the youth we serve.
  • You are a role model. We ask that you recognize the impact you have on our youth and families and take it seriously. This includes foul language, time on your phone, and working beside them rather than simply observing them work.
  • Many conversations between youth will be overheard. This information should be dealt with respectfully. (What should they do with that information?)
  • Trust your supervisor. They follow procedures for a purpose.
  • Often adults supervising youth answer questions that come up during the day. It is not expected that the adults in the group share personally sensitive topics or something they themselves haven’t dealt with.
  • ‘Share the space’ – make sure youth have an opportunity to speak more than you.
  • There are no WRONG work related questions to ask staff, when youth are out of hearing range. This is your opportunity to learn as much as you can.
  • Be mindful of people in the community that may be in the immediate vicinity.


  • The shift leader is Wayne Curry, cell phone number 503-807-5873. Be serious about your shift commitment but if an emergency comes up that’s out of your control, communicate to the shift leader ASAP.
  • Shifts begin at 10 a.m. and will return at 4:15. Pick up and drop off location is at the Annex building, 2106 Kaen Road.
  • Crew runs on Saturday and Sunday rain or shine but may be cancelled in the event of ice or snow. Call Wayne to be certain.
  • Be familiar with the rules around confidentiality.
  • Crews are conducted outside and consist of hard physical labor.
  • Water is provided but you should bring your own lunch
  • Clothing
    • Dress appropriately for the weather.
    • Expect to get dirty.
    • No revealing clothing, logos promoting alcohol, tobacco or drugs are allowed.
    • No cut offs
    • No open toe shoes