AMIkids, Inc. Awarded Volunteer Florida
“Youth Transition Project” Grant
Images for Media: Dropbox Link to AmeriCorps Volunteers with AMIkids
TAMPA, Fla. - AMIkids Inc., a nationally-recognized, nonprofit organization that transforms troubled youth into responsible members of our communities, is proud to be the recipient of a $300,000 grant from Volunteer Florida and AmeriCorps to provide mentorship, job readiness and job placement services to more than 300 youth across nine targeted communities.
This mentorship initiative is aimed to partner forty-four eligible AmeriCorps members with ten AMIkids programs representing nine counties throughout the. This collaborative effort will present an opportunity for mentors to engage approximately 320 youth with a focus to provide increased academic engagement, improve employment opportunities and reduce overall recidivism among the youth they serve. In particular, our programs will guide mentors to work in a variety of settings to teach job readiness skills, workplace etiquette and life skills.
"We are honored to be selected by AmeriCorps for this opportunity to offer more mentorship and volunteer opportunities working with our youth," said Michael Thornton, President & CEO, AMIkids Inc., "These AmeriCorps Members will provide valuable support to our efforts to help at-risk youth find a brighter tomorrow."
The program will work with at-risk youth targeted communities in the state: Jacksonville, Clay County, Volusia County, Hillsborough County, Manatee County, Broward County, North Miami-Dade County and South Miami-Dade County, Orange County and Alachua County.
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
Volunteer Florida is Florida’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service, administering more than $32 million in federal, state, and local funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida. Volunteer Florida promotes and encourages volunteerism to meet critical needs across the state. Volunteer Florida also serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. For more information, visit: www.volunteerflorida.org.
AMIkids is a national nonprofit organization that serves at-risk youth with 44 local programs in nine states throughout the country. Since 1969, AMIkids has empowered more than 140,000 boys and girls from across the nation, helping to transform their lives and guide them towards a bright future. For more information, visit: AMIkids.org.