(Undated) -- Programs that help at-risk youth are getting a shot in the arm thanks to an innovative project in Illinois. Pay for Success invests private dollars into social programs which are then paid back by the state when results are achieved. Deputy Governor Cristal Thomas says the first contact will increase support for kids involved in both the child-welfare and juvenile-justice systems. The contract was awarded to One Hope United, in partnership with the Conscience Community Network for a project to improve placement outcomes and reduce re-arrests through alternatives to institutional care. The program will serve approximately 800 youth and is expected to generate $30 million in direct investments.