Juvenile crime in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. Nearly three million crimes are committed each year by kids under the age of 18, and when a teenager is jailed just once, their odds of reoffending are 75%.
On average in the United States, three million high school student s drop out each year, one million of which are sent to prison. In addition, high school dropouts do not qualify for 91% of available jobs nationwide. As a result, they are more likely to engage the legal system (63% of all youth crimes are caused by high school dropouts), use welfare, or live on food stamps.
This costs our country an average of $235,680 per dropout over their lifetime and totals $1.6 trillion annually. Studies have shown that diverting a high-risk teenager from a life of crime could potentially save society $2.6 to $5.3 million.
AMIkids Bennettsville and AMIkids Infinity Marlboro take a long-term, sustainable approach to assist our community's youth to discover their potential and obtain the tools to succeed and by identifying each individual's issues and presenting solutions to overcome learning disabilities or behavioral problems.
At AMIkids Bennettsville, our students, despite having been unsuccessful in previous education attempts, experienced improvements in Math, Reading, and Writing.
AMIkids Bennettsville also places a priority on giving back to the community through impactful service. This benefits the community and teaches our kids the importance of giving back and helping others. Our kids are often involved with projects like volunteering with senior citizens in the area, including Adopt a Grandparent, hosting a Senior Citizens Prom at BTU Nursing Home, and participating in Service from the Heart projects to assist the elderly within our community. AMIkids Bennettsville students volunteer with AGAPE Hospice program and assist local Hospice patients with various cleaning projects, with several students even received their certification as Hospice Care Volunteers.
Our students also participate in a mentoring/tutoring program for a local middle school for students with behavioral and academic struggles. AMIkids Bennettsville students assist a variety of local organizations like local churches with various clean-up projects, Marlboro Electric Company at their Annual Co-op Day, and our JROTC color guard presents the colors at the Veterans Day Program.