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 Volusia 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 Volusia, our kids, despite not being successful in previous education attempts, have made improvements in their grade levels in a variety of subjects, including a 1.2 grade level increase in Math.
AMIkids Volusia 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 often involved with projects like helping the elderly and disabled at Cedar Oaks and Highlands Manor assisted living facilities. The youth visit bi-weekly and complete household chores and yard-work for the residents that sign up. We also visit the Little Engine Academy, helping to teach the kids how to play different games, assisting with parties and working with the staff to provide fun activities.