AMIkids Big Cypress has been awarded funding to develop vocational training and job placement programs.
Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the grant will provide AMIkids Big Cypress students the certifications and tools they need to be job-ready when they complete the program, qualifying them for immediate employment.
The Vocational Training and Job Placement initiative will focus on four key industries: healthcare, information technology, construction and skilled crafts, and food service. All of the government funding will go towards this initiative. Students at these AMIkids programs will have the opportunity to select the path that best fits their skills and interests.
“These programs will help our kids earn industry-recognized certifications that will provide the tools they need to complete our programs job-ready to benefit local businesses and strengthen our communities by adding qualified talent to the local workforce,” said O.B. Stander, president and CEO of AMIkids. “We look forward to the opportunity to eventually implement this training in all ofour programs to positively impact as many kids as possible and strengthen our communities with youth ready to contribute in a meaningful way.”
Still the work is not done. AMIkids is looking for additional funding to implement the vocational training and job placement to all of its programs in Florida, and hopes that with the successful implementation of career-focused training and the outcome of kids ready to join the talented workforce, funding will be made available.
In its work to help kids transform their lives, AMIkids relies on support from the local community through donations, volunteers and board service. The nationally-recognized non-profit organization was founded in 1969, and is one of the few juvenile justice programs nationally accredited by AdvancEd. AMIkids seeks to transform its students through education, counseling and behavior modification services, empowering them to make positive decisions that will ultimately shape their future and allow them the opportunity to transform their lives.
To learn more about available opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.AMIkids.org.