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%.
On average in the United States, three million high school student s 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. Studies have shown that diverting a high-risk teenager from a life of crime could potentially save society $2.6 to $5.3 million.
AMIkids programs 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 and presenting solutions to overcome learning disabilities or behavioral problems.
AMIkids programs in South Carolina alone have helped over 12,000 kids transform their lives, and across all of our AMIkids programs nationally, 74% of our kids do not re-offend within the first year of completing our programs.
AMIkids 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 often involved with projects benefitting local charities, clean-up and set-up work, assistance with the elderly, and a wide variety of other projects to benefit our communities.