AMIkids, Inc. (Tampa, FL)


  • Name:Brenda Hargroves
  • Title:Resource Development Specialist

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:AMIkids, Inc.
  • Address:5915 Benjamin Center Drive
    Tampa, FL 33634
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:813-887-3300

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  • Mission:
  • AMIkids is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping troubled youth become responsible and productive citizens. Our mission is to protect the safety of the public and positively impact as many youth as possible through the efforts of a diverse and innovative staff. AMIkids works in partnership with youth agencies, local communities and families.

    AMIkids youth range in age from 12-19. They are either involved with the juvenile justice system or have not performed successfully in the public school setting. Each affiliate provides young men and women with structure, discipline, love and positive role models. These tools, combined with appropriate education and treatment services, are what these youngsters need to make positive changes in their lives. Youth graduate from our programs after they have defined and achieved personal goals designed to help them become responsible members of their family and community. On average, AMIkids affiliates maintain a 73% success rate of youth who have no further involvement with the juvenile justice system.

    Youth who attend AMIkids programs typically are significantly behind in academic courses and need the opportunity for credit recovery; need mentoring; have a history of substance abuse; have displayed a lack of respect for peers and authority; are suspected of or have admitted to gang involvement; are lacking in motivation and need assistance developing self-esteem and self-respect.

    AMIkids offers five different types of programming. Residential facilities serve as alternatives to institutions and are responsible for youth 24/7 in a staff-secure environment. Co-ed day treatment facilities are for youth referred through juvenile justice or their school district. They reside at home while attending the program. Staff are able to address issues in both the home and in the student’s neighborhood. Infinity programs are alternative schools that emphasize improving student citizenship and increasing students’ academic functioning levels. These facilities are for youth who have been labeled disruptive or face expulsion from the public school system. The Family Services Inc. programs work with adjudicated youth and their families in their homes. The WINGS (Women in Need of Greater Strength) programs are residential 24/7 staff-secure programs for adjudicated girls, expectant teen mothers and their babies. Girls receive parenting skills, daycare assistance, academic support and individualized treatment.

    Programs are targeted to the different needs of our kids; however, all youngsters share a common framework for success. They thrive in an environment where they are surrounded by positive relationships where everyone, both youth and staff, is treated like family; boundaries are set that provide consequences for both positive and negative behavior; fully trained staff works directly with them and their families; they know there is someone they can go to when they need help or advice and they exposed to experiential education activities that help them develop an appreciation for the world around them.

    Youth are required to have a suitable placement when they leave an AMIkids facility. This may include returning to their home school, enrollment in a vocational program, community or four-year college or appropriate employment. If needed, youth can apply for an AMIkids scholarship to remove barriers to continuing their education.

    The AMIkids Personal Growth Model© (APGM), our guiding service philosophy for improving the lives of troubled youth, is based on research and evidence-based data. The APGM unifies three key program components: Behavior Modification, Treatment and Education. Due to the vast educational disparity among our students, experiential learning has proven to be a key factor in motivating students to achieve academically and socially. The APGM combines traditional educational curriculum with character development and learning skills. Youth also participate in community service projects which teach them the value of giving back to their neighborhoods.

  • History:
  • In 1969 a juvenile judge in Fort Lauderdale looked at a teenager standing in front of him in court, knowing that a standard juvenile justice sentence would end any possibility of a bright future for the young man. Unwilling to watch another young life go to waste, he asked a favor of his friend who was the director of a marine research agency. He believed that if his friend would take this kid out on a boat, put him to work with the marine biologist, give him responsibility and keep him away from his neighborhood, the young man just might be saved. One month later, the judge’s friend called back to request eight more kids.

    The opening of the first AMIkids program in Boca Raton, Florida, began a legacy in reduced youth crime, violence prevention and juvenile justice programming. It offered an alternative for youngsters who may have otherwise ended up in the downward spiral of incarceration. By receiving a second chance, a new direction and a guiding hand, they were now able to work their way up and out into a world of opportunity.

    Today, AMIkids consists of over 55 programs located in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Illinois, Louisiana, Virginia and Texas. We employ 1,240 full-time and 153 part-time workers. Our community-based organizations have touched the lives of over 100,000 troubled youngsters and their families since inception.

    Programs are gender specific or co-ed and serve kids of any race or ethnicity. The average length of stay is six to nine months. Each AMIkids program has its own local Board of Trustees, made up of community leaders and business professionals. Programs share best practices with the vision of providing exceptional service for individual youths and their families.

    Our current project is the soon to be opened program in New Mexico which will serve Native Americans. This will be an extremely challenging endeavor because we will work with youth from several different tribes. Each tribal culture will have to be taken into consideration in order for our efforts to prove successful.

    The most important value AMIkids instills in both our staff and the youth who attend our programs is "KIDS FIRST”. All key decisions are made on the basis of what's best for the youth in the program. The following other priorities that relate to this value include: Integrity, Safety, Honesty, Diversity, Enthusiasm, Leadership, Excellence, Loyalty, Family, Dedication, Creativity and Goal Orientation.

    In accordance with AMIkids’ mission, each program involves its local community in its effort to encourage youth to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. Affiliates takes advantage of their surroundings by partnering with local organizations with a similar focus. Community groups frequently provide motivational speakers to interact with the kids. These presentations are educational as well as entertaining. Programs also develop relationships with their local churches. Community members serve as role models and mentors for our youth and often introduce them to experiences and opportunities they may never have considered.

    Since our organization’s inception, each program has had a separate name and an individual relationship with its community. Last year we rolled out our new brand; Associated Marine Institutes (AMI) was changed to AMIkids and each program incorporated this change into their individual identities. In response to the overall growth of our organization, we embraced the task to change our brand so that it reflects the national presence we have achieved. We are fortunate to have the best of both worlds, a national organization with a community-based structure.

    As our family and programs continue to grow our mission remains constant. We will continue to provide troubled kids with a promising future by holding hold them accountable and helping them become responsible productive citizens - all with the overall goal of creating safer communities.

  • Year established:1972
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:16
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:1393


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:23-7440836

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:237440836
  • Organization Name:AMIKIDS INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:5915 BENJAMIN CENTER DR
  • Organization City:TAMPA
  • Organization State:FL
  • Organization Zip:33634-5239
  • Group Exemption Number:8529
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:6
  • Ruling Date:September, 1983
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):124
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Study and research (nonscientific)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$43,082,554
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$55,827,568
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$45,388,320
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 7:18:49 pm

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