AMIkids Manatee

At AMIkids Manatee, 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


At AMIkids Manatee, we are dedicated to changing lives and shaping destinies. Our gender-specific prevention program is specifically tailored for middle school boys, aged 11-17, who have faced adversity and may be vulnerable to the juvenile justice system. By implementing a scientifically proven Personal Growth Model, we provide a nurturing environment that addresses their unique academic, social, and emotional needs. Our mission is not just to treat offenses, but to prevent them altogether. Through the power of community partnerships, engaging educational experiences, and groundbreaking initiatives, we inspire these young individuals to discover their innate talents and unleash their limitless potential.


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.

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.


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.

AMIkids Family Centric Model™ (FCM)

These services include research-informed skills training for families, provided in the home or community setting weekly. Services are designed to reduce anti-social behaviors of youth, improve the psychosocial functioning of youth, and improve family functioning.

Our Impact

How We Make A Difference

  • 92% of our students have clear education or career plans their first year after high school
  • S.T.E.A.M. Programming and Regional Robotics competition 

AMIkids Manatee is led by their respective Executive Director, ensuring its positive impact on our communities.

AMIkids Manatee Executive Director

  • Carolyn McBean

AMIkids Manatee Board Of Trustees

  • Harry Traylor - Chair
  • Jared Paulson
  • Eloise Lisch
  • Andrew Chapman
  • Scott Tyler
  • Fayth Jenkins

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AMIkids Manatee
Bradenton, FL
Alternative Education AMIkids Family Centric Model™ (FCM) Career and Technical Education Community-based Delinquency Prevention Family Services

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