AMIkids Tampa

At AMIkids Tampa, 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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Since its establishment in 1971, AMIkids Tampa has been committed to providing educational opportunities and support to young people, empowering them to unlock their potential, transform their lives, and contribute positively to our community. Located in the beautiful city of Tampa, Florida, our passionate team empowers these young individuals with the care and guidance they need to unlock their true potential. By equipping them with the necessary skills and support, we enable them to triumph over adversity and create a future filled with success and fulfillment.


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.

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.

Our Impact

How We Make A Difference

  • 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
  • 90% of students receive OSHA -10, OSHA-30, & Forklift certifications

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

AMIkids Tampa Executive Director

  • Karla Lawton

AMIkids Tampa Board Of Trustees

  • Aaron Jimison - Chair
  • Matthew Bednar
  • Ray Charles
  • Jack Cohen
  • Christopher Collins
  • J.B. Davis, IV
  • R.J. Day
  • Kaylee Duval
  • Marvin Metheny
  • Andy Peluso
  • Chantal Quintana
  • Casey Rodgers
  • Casey Taylor
  • Jack Tyrrell
  • Eric Ward
  • Jamey Wilson
  • Justin Day
AMIkids Tampa
Tampa, FL
After School Community-based Delinquency Prevention Family Services Pre-apprenticeship

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