From September 6 through September 9 AMIkids Baxley Wilderness will be at Appling Healthcare System Pavilion spending time among Angels. Each day will be filled with coordinated events such as work projects, musical sit-a-cise, BINGO, and presentation of awards. AMIkids “Service from the Heart for Seniors” Week will be full of exciting and enriching experiences for youth, staff, communities and the organization.
AMIkids Baxley Wilderness is one of 57 programs in nine states affiliated with AMIkids, headquartered in Tampa, Florida. AMIkids is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing a promising future to troubled youth who have been adjudicated or have failed in conventional school settings.
AMIkids is coordinating the efforts of its 57 programs for the 4th Annual “Service from the Heart” National Service Week, focusing on service to the elderly. Throughout the week of September 6-9, 2011, 3,000 kids across the country will partner with their local communities to celebrate the service that is so important to the organization year-round.
The positive impact of service on the elderly and AMIkids’ students over the past year, led to a focus on seniors for this year’s project. President and CEO O.B. Stander said, “Community service is one way we instill citizenship into our students - they experience firsthand the importance and pride in giving back to ones community.”
Performing acts of service throughout their stay in AMIkids’ programs is what ties the kids to their local communities. When they leave AMIkids, students have a renewed sense of ownership in the community; they come to understand they are a part of something bigger than themselves. In turn, it gives local citizens a chance to really get to know the kids and see the change first hand. It makes continued success more likely and is a large part of what makes the programs work, as evidenced by AMIkids’ national 73% average success rate.
The hope is that our communities will begin to see the kids the way AMIkids sees them, not as juvenile delinquents, but as once-troubled kids now on the right path, full of hope to become the best they can be.
Since 1969, AMIkids has partnered with local communities to help more than 105,000 misguided youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. AMIkids programs focus on family values, education, character building and experiential learning. For more information on AMIkids, please visit www.amikids.org.
For more information please contact James Culverhouse, Executive Director, at (912) 367-3383 or Baxleyfirstname.lastname@example.org.