AMIkids Jacksonville

At AMIkids Jacksonville, 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 Jacksonville, founded in 1973, stands as a testament to the transformative power of compassion and guidance. Located in the vibrant city of Jacksonville, Florida, we work hand in hand with families to address the challenges at home and in the community, equipping our young people with the skills they need to triumph over adversity. Through our evidence-based programs and comprehensive services, we embrace each young person’s unique journey, focusing on education and workforce development, treatment, and behavior and skills training. Through genuine care, real relationships, and a sense of family, we empower young people to achieve success. Over the years, we have witnessed the remarkable resilience of over 5,000 kids who have emerged from our program with renewed hope and determination.


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.

Family Services

Family Services provide home-based skills-building and/or family counseling and intervention using evidence-based practices. Family services may include program models such as Functional Family Therapy and the AMIkids Family Centric Model™. Family Services programs last approximately two to six months.

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.

How We Make A Difference

  • Opportunities for experiential learning beyond the classroom
  • 92% of our students have clear education or career plans their first year after high school
  • 85% of students who enroll complete the Youth Build Program

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

AMIkids Jacksonville Executive Director

  • Stephanie O'Brien-Gadd

AMIkids Jacksonville Board Of Trustees

  • Tanner Lee - Chair
  • Thomas Donahoo, Jr.
  • David Hull, Esq.
  • Ryan Jones
  • Alan Learch
  • Julie Proctor
  • Frank Surface
AMIkids Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL
Alternative Education AMIkids Family Centric Model™ (FCM) Family Services Pre-apprenticeship

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