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Success Stories

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“By age 15 I was constantly in trouble and was considered both a “hoodlum” and a troublemaker in my local community. At AMIkids, I quickly learned that anger and rebellion was not the way to deal with everyday negative circumstances. AMIkids taught me to use my brain and apply my knowledge to succeed. Today, I am married and raising three boys of my own who often enjoy coming to work with me to learn safety, responsibility, and to stay out of trouble.”

Chris L.

AMIkids Pinellas

By age 15 I was constantly in trouble and was considered both a “hoodlum” and a troublemaker in my local community.  Running wild, I did not take my education seriously, and ended up moving from one school to another.  Eventually my misbehavior caught up to me and I ended up in a courtroom.  The judge wisely recommended AMIkids to introduce me to a new way of thinking and how to better deal with life’s situations.

I was reluctant at first but the program grew on me. I was meeting upbeat people who didn’t judge me but believed in my greatest potential. I quickly learned that anger and rebellion was not the way to deal with everyday negative circumstances.  AMIkids taught me to use my brain and apply my knowledge; that was the correct way to succeed. My self-esteem improved as I made new friends who helped keep me on a positive path.  I respected them and I respected myself more as time went along.

Today, I am a proud member of the AMIkids alumni family.  Instead of always being on the wrong side, I now do what I can helping other kids who have the same struggles in school and life I encountered. I am married and raising three boys of my own who often enjoy coming to work with me to learn safety, responsibility, and to stay out of trouble. I work full time maintaining the AMIkids Boat Program boatyard and continue to use the skills and values I obtained there to be the best that I can be personally and professionally. I am so proud I had the opportunity to experience the AMIkids program.  Through the AMIkids Alumni Association, I hope to continue inspiring kids with a troubled past to embrace and experience the positive choices in life.

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