AMIkids Big Cypress

Ochopee, FL   |  www.amikidsbigcypress.org

Mission

AMIkids Big Cypress is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. AMIkids' mission is to protect public safety 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.

Ruling year info

1983

Principal Officer

Mr. Marvin Ferrell

Main address

25959 Turner River Road

Ochopee, FL 34141 USA

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Formerly known as

Big Cypress Wilderness Institute

EIN

59-3326596

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Rehabilitation Services for Offenders (I40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs and results

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Education

The education component uses three primary methods to enhance learning: experiential education, project-based learning, and service learning. Participants attend classes in an academic setting, and teachers use a rigorous curriculum designed to address the participants' individualized needs and diverse learning styles. Teachers implementing this component must be certified and highly qualified on the basis of state, local, and AMIkids requirements. What helps separate AMIkids apart are four ""challenge"" events put on each year, providing rewards for top performers with once-in-a-lifetime experiences like scuba diving and rappelling/white-water rafting. The other two events focus on Olympic-style events, challenging our kids both academically and athletically, and allowing them to express their talents and support one another through sportsmanship and teamwork.

Population(s) Served

The behavior modification component is designed to develop or strengthen desired prosocial behaviors and eliminate or weaken antisocial behaviors through three techniques using positive reinforcement: a point card system, a token economy, and a rank system. Staff implementing this component must be designated AMIkids Behavior Modification professionals (i.e., those who have completed the AMIkids Behavior Modification System training).

Population(s) Served

The treatment component is individualized on the basis of each participant's assessments, and research-based mental health and/or substance abuse interventions (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, motivational interviewing) are provided to youth. Participants receive group services on a daily basis, and individual and family sessions are provided on a schedule determined by the individualized treatment plan. Staff members implementing this component are licensed mental health professionals or therapists/counselors who are supervised by a licensed mental health professional.

Population(s) Served

AMIkids Big Cypress understands that to obtain and sustain a productive, crime-free life our kids must succeed in the classroom and acquire the skills needed to obtain employment after graduation.The kids at AMIkids Big Cypress work towards obtaining their high school diploma or GED and we begin the transition planning early so that when our kids turn 18 they have a clear plan for school or work.We offer a vocational program supported by the National Center for Construction & Education Research (NCCER), one of the top accredited organizations in the field. It is through this program that our kids learn important fundamentals needed to excel in this field, and the many opportunities available to succeed and grow in the construction industry. Our certified instructor provides the young men at AMIkids Big Cypress with hands-on activities to develop skills critical to receiving certifications and eventual employment in the future.In addition, we offer a vocational program in food service, allowing our students to earn ServSafe food handler certifications from the National Restaurant Association and local restaurant associations. This certification helps participants prepare for careers in the food service industry.Each and every AMIkids Big Cypress graduate should leave our facility with skills that will lead them to immediate or provide options for future employment.

Population(s) Served

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Affiliations & memberships

AMIkids, Inc. 1995

Goals & Strategy

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AMIkids Big Cypress's overall goal is to help young men involved in the juvenile justice system to turn their lives around and reach their potential.

AMIkids Big Cypress achieves its goals by providing services to young men in a residential setting, with the following components:1) Education - Certified teachers assist youth in getting back on track to graduate high school so that they can succeed.2) Behavior Modification - Using positive reinforcement, youth are given constant feedback about how well they are reaching their goals for changing their behaviors and attitudes from negative, anti-social behaviors to positive, pro-social behaviors. 3) Treatment - Youths' mental health and substance abuse needs are addressed through group and individual counseling. 4) Vocational Education and Job Placement - Youth are taught job-readiness skills and have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized vocational certifications, as well as gaining hands-on experience in food preparation and construction and carpentry. Upon their transition out of the program, they are placed back into further education or into jobs. Each of these components has been shown to reduce recidivism in youth and improve their chances of living a productive life.

The AMIkids Personal Growth Model © is designated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry as being evidence-based. According to SAMHSA's research and independently-verified data, our kids have proven to make substantial educational gains and also to be far less likely to commit a later crime once they have successfully completed the AMIkids program. This designation provides AMIkids with a data-driven verification of our impact on transforming the lives of our communities' kids. AMIkids is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in their Model Programs Guide for successful results with our Day Treatment programs. This OJJDP designation officially makes AMIkids the only rated Day Treatment program in the nation working with at-risk youth according to the Department of Justice criteria. AMIkids is listed in the OJJDP Model Programs Guide along with two hundred other evidence-based programs that make a difference in the lives of children and communities. AMIkids is accredited nationally by AdvancED, the world's largest education community. This formal accreditation speaks to our emphasis on education and gives additional credibility to our successful approach, which is holistic and strength- based.

AMIkids Big Cypress aims to continue developing its opportunities for youth to reach their potential, with ever greater gains in academic achievement, non-recidivism, and career outcomes.

Financials

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AMIkids Big Cypress

Board of directors
as of 06/16/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Ellen Vanderburg

Carole Armstrong

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Patrick Arnall

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Arlene Austin

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Brian Herrick

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Thomas Jordan

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Angela Larson

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Mike McComas

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Ma-Tosha McCullough

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Denise Murphy

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Joseph Paterno

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Ellen Vanderburg

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