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Better Bound Bookstore & Youth Development

What We Do

Better Bound Bookstore and Youth Development is a social enterprise job training and youth development program that empowers at-risk youth to “Do the work” to actively change the trajectory of their lives while managing an online resale business.

We work with the most vulnerable 16 – 21 year old young adults: those who are court involved, failing school or out of school. Youth develop career goals, stay in school, achieve academically and learn critical employment and social skills that will enable them to succeed in life, all while earning a paid wage managing our resale store.

Our Mission

Better Bound pursues a dual mission to:

01. Increase economic and academic opportunities for underserved, at-risk youth.

02. Develop self-efficacy and personal life skills; empowering them to lead successful lives.

Our Program

Our program gives underserved, at-risk youth 2 jobs.


A Business job, working in the on-line resale business, receiving, inspecting, categorizing, pricing and posting donated items to the Better Bound Store Front website for resale to support the organization. They also package for shipment when items are sold.

(Working in a supportive atmosphere youth learn problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, ability to accept constructive feedback)


A “BOM” ( Best of Me) job provides an opportunity to gain valuable life skills and experiences to prepare for adulthood. The “BOM” job is just as important as the company job and requires goals to be met in order to continue in the program.

(Passing grades in school, Continuing education goals, Get an ID, Bank Account, Credit Counseling, Transportation & Community resources training, Cost of Living training, Team building, Anger management courses, and Community Service Participation)

Both jobs are paid hours working on the designated job and youth must progress in each job in order to remain in the program.

“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success.”

– Josh Shipp

Ready to get involved and help empower youth to lead successful lives? Connect with us today and learn more.

Ways you can help at-risk youth!


Join us to empower youth to “do the work” to make positive changes in their lives, through a refreshingly new approach to youth development and help them become the best that they can be.


Donations of books and clothing are part of the critical foundation of our youth-run business. Your donations help empower youth to “Do the work” to make positive changes in their lives.

Shop to Help

Shop with us and help our youth. Funds acquired from each purchase go towards supporting Better Bound Bookstore and Youth Development, and the youth in our program.

Get Involved

We’re changing the world, by changing lives. So can you.

We welcome your skills, accountability, and belief in the potential of our youth to change the world.

Why Choose Us

Community Connection

Community Connection

Through workshops, collaborative projects, & participation in community events, youth engage in positive social interactions, building lasting relationships and a sense of belonging.
 Competative Wage

Competative Wage

Instills dignity and fairness. By compensating them, we affirm their worth, encourage motivation and promote economic growth and justice.
Positive Affirmation

Positive Affirmation

Empowers at-risk youth through intentional engagement, emphasizing personal, social and business skills for success.
Holistic Growth

Holistic Growth

Fosters academic achievement, self-efficacy, and personal development for successful lives.
Easy Communication

Career Readiness

Equips youth with critical employment skills while managing an online resale business
Empowering At-Risk Youth

Empowering At-Risk Youth

Provides job training and life skills to vulnerable young adults helping them change their life trajectory

Better Bound Bookstore is a 501 (c) Non-Profit

We are a 501 (c3) Non-Profit and we sustain ourselves on donations, sales generated on our eBay store, and the support of volunteers and community partners – who make all the difference. Get involved and help us – empower youth to lead successful lives.

Because of you, we can help others.