Six youth from AMIkids Youth Environmental Services (Y.E.S.) participated of the floating classroom last Friday. On the trip, an educator from Mote Marine Laboratory taught them a marine biology lesson, integrating the core subjects of math and science. They then had the opportunity to learn hands-on about the ecosystem by wading in the water, collecting samples, and inspecting creatures under on-board microscopes.
AMIkids Y.E.S. is a private nonprofit, staff-secure residential facility in Wimauma, Florida. Founded in 1994, our program operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, serving kids who have committed a variety of non-violent offenses and are involved with Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
Our kids are living in dormitories on campus in a remote location, which is ideally structured to help them work through their issues and gain the needed skills to return to their families and communities.
Since 1994, AMIkids Y.E.S. has helped over 1,000 kids transform their lives and despite our kids averaging over 14 arrests prior to enrolling in our program, 63% of our kids do not re-offend within the first year of completion.