GAINESVILLE, FL – AMIkids Gainesville was named the 2014 Best Non-Profit of the Year at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year awards on Thursday. The award was given to the non-profit organization that strongly supports and benefits the community and its citizens.
As a 501C-3 non-profit organization, AMIkids Gainesville serves troubled youth and their families in Gainesville and Alachua County. The boys and girls we serve face many challenges in the Juvenile Justice system and in school, and have been adjudicated delinquent by the court for misdemeanors and lesser felonies.
AMIkids Gainesville transforms these kids' lives through nationally-recognized education, behavioral modification and counseling methods to not only treat each kid's individual issues, but provide them with the tools necessary to succeed and sustain a crime-free life. AMIkids has proven to be a very effective alternative to standard incarceration, with 75% of its graduates not re-offending in the first year after completing the program.
"We are honored to be selected as Gainesville's Best Non-Profit of the Year and are pleased that our work to benefit our youth and communities is being recognized," said Dan Bacallao, Executive Director for AMIkids Gainesville. "If you knew our kids and their gratitude and belief in AMIkids, you'd know they will be just as excited as I am for this award."
AMIkids Gainesville was founded in 1991 and has served over 2,000 youth in the Gainesville region. Nationally, AMIkids, Inc. was founded in 1969 and has over 40 active programs in seven states and has served over 122,000 kids nationwide.