AMIkids Southwest Florida

At AMIkids Southwest Florida, 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 Southwest Florida is more than just an after-school program; it is a catalyst for change. Since 1991, we have been working tirelessly alongside our community partners to provide young adults with the tools they need to overcome obstacles and thrive. By assessing their individual needs and developing personalized treatment plans, we ensure that every student receives the care and guidance necessary to transform their lives. Together, we are building a stronger, more empowered community.


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.

Outpatient Treatment Services

Outpatient Treatment Services include screening, crisis/risk assessment, comprehensive assessment with behavioral health diagnosis, case coordination, and/or counseling services including individual, family, and group therapy. These services may be provided in the home, community, and/or facility between one and three days weekly by clinical staff members.


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

  • Since 1991, AMIkids Southwest Florida has helped over 2,500 kids transform their lives and despite our kids averaging over eight arrests prior to enrolling in our program, 79% of our kids do not re-offend within the first year of completion.
  • AMIkids Southwest Florida places a priority on giving back to the community through impactful service. This benefits the community and teaches our kids the importance of giving back and helping others. Our kids are often involved with projects like volunteering with local community partners. We also frequently visit local assisted living communities where our kids spend time with the seniors, playing games, sharing meals, etc. as part of our ‘Service from the Heart’ program.

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

AMIkids Southwest Florida Executive Director

  • Zabrina Cockrell-Black

AMIkids Southwest Florida Board Of Trustees

  • Richard Fain - Chair
  • Tara Wheeler
  • Chene Thompson
AMIkids Southwest Florida
Fort Myers Beach, FL
After School Career and Technical Education Community-based Delinquency Prevention Outpatient Treatment Services Pre-apprenticeship Program Enhancements

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