Associated Marine Institutes, Inc. (AMI) rehabilitates adjudicated kids in small, middle and high school settings, with academic instruction, experiential education, mentoring, goal setting, and working to increase self-esteem through responsibility and accountability. The overall goal of our programs is to provide an opportunity for kids who are academically behind in school, and have behavioral issues, to catch up (academically) or surpass their peers. What we do, results in successfully reintegrating youth back into their communities, schools and family settings. What we do is designed to meet the special needs of the state as well as specific needs at the local level, in the specific community where the program is located. Overall, what we do is designed to prevent adjudicated youth from committing any new law violations after leaving our programs.
At AMI programs, all students are required to set individualized education goals. In the small class settings, students achieve their goals through individual instruction, class projects and, through experiential education experiences. Experiential learning is a key ingredient at AMI programs. Community service is also a big part of what we do. We believe that because kids belong to their community, they should take ownership in their community and develop a respect for it along with respecting themselves. With that in mind, it doesn’t matter if they come to us through the juvenile justice system or the county school board; we are actively involved in community service on an ongoing basis.
AMI believes in a family oriented atmosphere for all programs. Staff members are fully trained before providing direct care to kids and they work closely with families and kids. For example, every student has a staff advisor that they can eat breakfast and lunch with and that they can go to when they need help or guidance. Staff members are available all day long to work with students that need more intensive guidance. Some programs even have a Masters level counselor on staff to handle serious issues that require professional attention. All of this, combined with consistent staff role modeling of desired behaviors, results in clear differences in the lives of our students.
At the end of their stay in our programs, what we do results in students earning middle or high school credits. Other students who qualify, may prepare for and take the General Educational Development (GED) exam. In all AMI programs, a requirement for graduation is that each student must have a suitable placement within the community. This may include enrolling full-time as a student in a vocational program, community college, or four-year college, or, obtaining appropriate employment.
In summary, exposure to the AMI culture, either in a day treatment, residential or alternative school setting has proven to be successful in establishing a solid foundation upon which kids and families develop, mature, and enhance their quality of life.
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