AMIkids Duval

At AMIkids Duval, we believe in the power of transformation. Every young person has the potential for greatness, and we’re on a mission to unlock it.

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AMIkids Duval is a transformative middle school program that ignites the spark of greatness in our students. With unwavering care and guidance, we empower them to overcome challenges and unlock their true potential. As a beacon of hope in our community, AMIkids Duval was chosen by Duval County Public Schools to deliver a comprehensive approach that not only uplifts at-risk male students but also positively impacts their lives in every aspect. In our nurturing environment, we foster a sense of family, inspiring our students to embrace their roles as strong, positive male figures in their communities. We firmly believe that, regardless of their past, every student possesses the ability to carve out a brilliant future for themselves. With a limited enrollment of 60 boys, we ensure personalized attention, behavior and skills training, treatment services, and a career readiness curriculum that open doors to boundless opportunities. Operating during regular school hours, we provide seamless access to district transportation, curriculum, and testing, ensuring our students never miss educational opportunities.


What We Offer


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.

Alternative Education

Alternative Education programs are designed to help students who require additional support typically not available in traditional schools. Students in attendance benefit from academic remediation, positive behavioral skills development, and individualized attention to succeed. AMIkids Alternative Education programs include Infinity Schools, School-within-a-School, and Charter Schools, which operate according to the school district schedule.

Delinquency Prevention

Delinquency Prevention programs provide gender-specific life management skills training, educational services, and youth development activities designed to prevent entry or further involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Pre-apprenticeship (Career Exploration, Workforce Development)

Pre-apprenticeship programs prepare students aged 16-24 for successful careers, offering industry training that is aligned with each community’s needs for skilled workers. With a combination of academic, technical, and job readiness courses and individualized case management, AMIkids prepares and places students into higher education, jobs, and apprenticeships.


Program Enhancement Services may be provided as standalone or supplementary to a program.

Career and Technical Education

Provided in two age-appropriate models:

  • The AMIkids Career Exploration Model, for ages 11-15, helps youth build self-awareness, learn about potential careers, and develop a plan for reaching future goals.
  • The AMIkids Workforce Development Model, for ages 16-24, utilizes a combination of school-based and work-based learning to help youth learn job readiness skills, earn industry-recognized certifications, and transition to the workforce.
Our Impact

How We Make A Difference

  • 92% of our students have clear education or career plans their first year after high school
  • 90% of students receive OSHA -10, OSHA-30, & Forklift certifications
  • 85% of students who enroll complete the Youth Build Program

AMIkids Duval is led by their respective Executive Director and a volunteer board of local community leaders, ensuring its positive impact on our communities.

AMIkids Duval Executive Director

  • Elizabeth Hernandez

AMIkids Duval Board Of Trustees

  • Tanner Lee - Chair
  • Julie Proctor
  • Alan Learch
  • David Hull
  • Frank Surface
  • Ryan Jones
  • Tommy Donahoo
  • Ryan Gilliam
  • David Gorman
AMIkids Duval
Jacksonville, FL
Alternative Education Career and Technical Education Delinquency Prevention Pre-apprenticeship

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