Juvenile crime in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. Nearly three million crimes are committed each year by kids under the age of 18, and when a teenager is jailed just once, their odds of reoffending are 75%.
AMIkids North Carolina Family Services takes a long-term, sustainable approach to assist our community's youth to discover their potential and obtain the tools to succeed. Studies have shown that diverting one high-risk teenager from a life of crime could potentially save society $2.6 to $5.3 million, breaking the cycle of crime.
On average in the United States, three million high school students drop out each year, one million of which are sent to prison. In addition, high school dropouts do not qualify for 91% of available jobs nationwide. As a result, they are more likely to engage the legal system (63% of all youth crimes are caused by high school dropouts), use welfare, or live on food stamps.
This costs our country an average of $235,680 per dropout over their lifetime and totals $1.6 trillion annually.
AMIkids North Carolina Family Services and AMIkids Infinity Wake County take a long-term, sustainable approach to assist our community's youth to discover their potential and obtain the tools to succeed and by identifying each individual's issues, or overall family concerns, and presenting solutions to overcome.
Our programs have served nearly 1,000 kids and their families since 2011.