Empowering young people to become confident, successful adults.

This is where success happens

The AMIKids Mission


We believe in the power of transformation – every young person has the potential for greatness, and we’re on a mission to unlock it.

Our purpose is clear: We empower young people to discover their true potential. For more than 55 years, AMIkids has empowered over 160,000 young people across the country by guiding young minds and fostering confidence and a belief in success. With an impressive 80% of youth successfully completing programming, our holistic approach to serving youth combines education, workforce development, treatment, and behavior and skills training.

Programs and Services

Youth discover their potential every day at AMIkids

AMIkids offers a wide range of programs and services across the nation designed to provide the extra support youth need to discover their true potential. Our programs and services are organized into four main categories:

Community-based Programs, Residential Programs, Program Enhancements, and Service Coordination.


Community-based programs offer daily services to youth and families, with youth returning home each day if programming takes place outside of the home. We offer eight unique services with our community-based programs.


Residential programs operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week, with youth residing on campus. Staff implement trauma-responsive programming to help youth develop skills for successfully transitioning to community settings and/or the home environment.

Program Enhancements

Program Enhancements services may be provided as standalone or supplementary to a program.

Service Coordination

AMIkids provides regional service coordination for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice as part of their transformation initiative. In our role as a service coordinator, we work with local or state agencies to develop and manage a continuum of community-based and residential services from subcontracted direct service providers.

The AMIkids Difference

What sets us apart? Experiential education.

We believe adventure opens doors.

Through unique adventures, we expose young people to new and exciting opportunities that allow them to grow self-confidence and develop leadership skills.

We empower young people to believe in themselves and believe success is possible.

They don’t give up, so we don’t give up. We stick with them. We foster relationships, care, and provide a sense of family. And we provide structure. The AMIkids Personal Growth Model is a proven success, tying together education and workforce development, treatment, and behavior and skills training.

Number of young people served since 1969


Last year, this is what success looked like:


of Graduates

set clear education and career goals


industry-recognized courses

completed by young people at AMIkids


Certifications earned

by young people at AMIkids


Completion rate

Of the youth who exited a program in 2022, 81% successfully achieved their goals or completed the available programming


School credits earned

by young people at AMIkids

“At AMIkids, I’ve learned the importance of not bottling everything up inside. I learned how to channel my anger into bigger things, such as focusing on my goals and not letting anger limit my growth.”
– Austin, AMIkids Student

Success stories

Our greatest advocates are the young people themselves.

We meet young people where they are. We’re not a ‘one-size fits all’ organization. We work together with youth and families to support their goals and create stronger communities. But don’t take our word for it – hear directly from some of the young people we’ve served.

AMIkids Manatee
Meet Terrance

AMIkids Orlando
Meet Isabelle

AMIkids White Pines
Meet Robert

AMIkids Tampa
Meet Alejandro

AMIkids Tallahassee
Meet Kadence

AMIkids Manatee
Meet Brody

But they’re not the only ones…

I believe AMIkids has the ability to unlock the mental potential of what young people can truly do.

Emmitt Smith, NFL Hall of Famer

Get involved

We make a difference in the lives of young people every day.
Here’s how you can be a part of it.

Together, we can build a future where every young person flourishes, creating resilient communities and beacons of hope.
Donate Give the gift of opportunity. Your donation to AMIkids provides a chance for young people to thrive. Empower young lives, Donate today!
Careers Use your talents to make a difference in the lives of young people.
Partnerships Make a lasting impact on your community. Become a corporate or foundation partner with AMIkids. Together, we can make a difference.
Volunteer Make a lasting impact and change a young person’s life. Volunteer with AMIkids and empower young people to reach their full potential.
Advocate Be a voice for young people in need. Your voice can change a life. Advocate for AMIkids and help young people reach their full potential.
Hire our youth Invest in the future of your community and your business by hiring talented, driven young people from AMIkids.
Yacht Donations Did you know that we accept yacht donations? Learn more about our premiere Yacht Donation program.

Want to help but still not sure how?

A personal donation is a great way to start your AMIkids journey.