AMIkids Gateways

At AMIkids Gateways, 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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Our Story


AMIkids Gateways is a comprehensive residential facility designed to cater to young men between the ages of 12 and 21. Our program is strategically crafted with the following objectives in mind:

Reduce Recidivism: We aim to break the cycle and significantly decrease the likelihood of reoffending.

Increase Academic Skills: Focusing on enhancing educational capabilities to equip participants for a successful future.

Address Behavioral and Emotional Challenges: Our program targets behavioral disorders, emotional issues, or acting out behaviors that led to the need for placement.

Provide Counseling: Offering individual, group, and family counseling to foster holistic development.

Prepare for Employment: We prepare program participants for the workforce, ensuring they acquire essential skills for employment.

Assist in Job Placement: Upon program completion, we actively assist youth in finding suitable employment opportunities.

Community Service: Encouraging a sense of responsibility and contribution through community service initiatives.

Accountability and Reparation: Holding youth accountable by facilitating reparations to the victim and/or community harmed.

Collaboration for Psychiatric Services: Collaborating with DJJ-provided psychiatrists to ensure access to psychiatric services and effective medication management.

At AMIkids Gateways, we are committed to the holistic development and successful reintegration of our young people into society. We aim to empower them to discover their true potential and believe success is possible.


What We Offer


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

Juvenile Justice Residential

The Juvenile Justice Residential programs provide 24-hour rehabilitative care for youth referred primarily due to delinquency and may include treatment services for youth with mental health and/or substance abuse conditions.


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% have clear education or career plans their first year after high school
  • 81 % of youth successfully completed the program
  • Average length of engagement is about 206 days or nearly 7 months

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

AMIkids Gateways Executive Director

  • Stephannie Durant-Brooks

AMIkids Gateways Board Of Trustees

  • Ernest W Session - Chair
  • Kendall J Session - Vice Chair
  • Douglas Gantt
  • Dwayne Harper
  • Tammey S. Davis
AMIkids Gateways
Columbia, SC
Career and Technical Education Juvenile Justice Residential Program Enhancements Residential

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