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 Panama City Marine Institute 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.
At AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute, our kids, despite not having success in previous education attempts, have experienced grade level increases in a variety of subjects.
AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute also 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 involved in a myriad of projects in the Panama City area, especially in environmental restoration, preservation, and clean-up efforts. These include seagrass, seabird nesting and sea turtle nesting protection, oyster bed and shoreline restoration projects, and river bay shoreline clean-ups.
Our kids also conduct coral surveys and fish counts to ensure the health of our area's marine life. Finally, our Service from the Heart program has our students helping senior citizens at local nursing homes.