ABOUT AMIKIDS MIAMI-DADE
AMIkids Miami-Dade, formerly known as Dade Marine Institute is a private, not for profit, alternative based program for adjudicated youth referred through the Department of Juvenile Justice. AMIkids finds solutions for juvenile crime issues that face Miami-Dade County through a low-risk, non-punitive marine guided environment for approximately 3-9 months.
We traditionally deal with at-risk youth, 14-19 years of age who have been redirected through the courts system to help change their life without slipping further into the legal system. We boast an 89% success rate locally; meaning that nearly 90% of the youth whom successfully complete our program never have a brush with the law again. We work with youth on strict educational, legal and treatment programming in a marine environment. Our staff approach blends the best of structure, discipline, care and nurturing.
We know there is a bright future for every kid. In this, we find hope, excitement, discovery, promise and success.
OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Our Board of Trustees is comprised of staff and management from local businesses to include Bacardi, Banco Santander International, Burger King, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Shutts and Bowen P.A., as well as other private law, accounting, and property development companies. Each Board Member serves on a volunteer basis and is committed to making a difference in the lives of troubled youth throughout Miami-Dade County.
During their stay at the program, kids are exposed to a wide range of educational opportunities that will afford them the tools they need to continue their education in the field of their choice and secure quality employment. Youth have the opportunity for credit recovery to earn their way back to the appropriate grade level, vital for those kids returning to local public schools.
Programs include basic water safety, SCUBA, boat maintenance and repair, power boat handling, basic sail operations, and other hands-on training. We strive to provide all youth with experiences and opportunities not otherwise available to them. The results are startling, specifically in youth with serious learning and behavioral concerns.
Discipline is defined as the provision of consequences for behaviors. This means that our students receive recognition for positive behaviors, and negative consequences for inappropriate behaviors. We believe discipline for both behaviors is only effective if it possesses warmth. Our unique behavior process is effective because students are accountable for their actions; they understand their expectations and are constantly working to meet and exceed their goals. Over 89% of the kids that successfully complete the program have no future contact with the law.
Since inception in 1974, AMIkids Miami-Dade has partnered with our local communities to educate, instruct and help more than 9,700 misguided youth who were not progressing in conventional school settings. The goal is and has always been to develop these misguided teens into accountable, responsible and productive members of our community. Combining our 35-year history and national expertise with community ownership, AMIkids Miami-Dade has achieved an 89% success rate, which means more than 89% of our teens whom graduate, re-enroll in a high school education, start working or begin higher education coursework and develop into responsible, productive and crime-free citizens giving back to the community.
Locally, AMIkids Miami-Dade is supported by the Untied Way, Fisher Island Philanthropic Fund, GAP Foundation, JM Family Foundation, Ruth Admire Foundation to name a few. AMIkids Miami-Dade also regularly partners with the local Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Hands on Miami, Shake-A-Leg, Humane Society of Miami-Dade County, Virginia Key Beach Trust, Island Dolphin Care, Adopt-a-Shore, Oleta River State Park and other various community service projects and ongoing educational and employment initiatives.
AMIkids currently operates 2 campuses in Miami-Dade County; our south campus on Virginia Key, and our north campus at the entrance to Florida International University – North on Oleta State Park. The south campus is named after the Honorable William E. Gladstone who for 43 years still serves Miami-Dade County and its children and who was recently named a Champion for Children by the Children’s Trust.
Today at our two schools, we serve up to 150 local girls and boys’ ages 14-19 daily. Our team of 34 employees includes 10 teachers, 4 behavior specialist, and 6 mental health therapists and case managers who are also assisted by our volunteers. If you would like to learn more about our students and program please call anytime 305.361.7934 ext.106 or email MiamiDadeSouth-AA@amikids.org to set up a time to speak with one of our board members or to meet the Director and program staff. The students, staff and board of trustees greatly appreciate your interest and patronage.
Adopting a youth at AMIkids Miami-Dade is easy. A small donation from the community covers the following activities for our youth:
$1,600 will fully support one youth through program completion and will provide them with:
Sponsorship dollars also support experiential education – Opportunities such as these would not otherwise be available to our youth and are the core of our rehabilitative philosophy.
TO HELP SUPPORT OUR MISSION, PLEASE CALL (305) 361-7934, EXT.106