AMIkids Sand Hills

At AMIkids Sand Hills, 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


Since 1996, AMIkids Sand Hills has been dedicated to helping young people discover their true potential, help them transform their lives, and strengthen our community. Located in Patrick, South Carolina, AMIkids Sand Hills empowers young people to discover their life paths and believe success is possible. Our approach offers more than education and workforce development, treatment, and behavioral and skills training. Through genuine care, real relationships, and a sense of family, we empower young people to achieve success.


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

AMIkids Sand Hills Executive Director

  • Sherry Smith

AMIkids Sand Hills Board Of Trustees

  • James Dixon IV - Chair
  • Sharon Bennett
  • Jonathan Christian-Hodges
  • Shekita Covington
  • Patricia Dixon
  • Frederick Freeman
  • Jack Johnson, II
  • Tonette Jones
  • Johnnie McClendon
  • Cynthia McCormick
  • Connie Nivens-Townsend
  • Joni Pendergrass
  • Nathan Phillips
  • James Sweeney
  • Spence Vaughn
AMIkids Sand Hills
Patrick, SC
Career and Technical Education Juvenile Justice Residential Program Enhancements Residential

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2381 Campbell Lake Road, Patrick, SC 29584