The New Port Richey Marine Institute, New Port Richey, FL

The New Port Richey Marine Institute is part of a national organization, Associated Marine Institutes, Inc. (AMI), which rehabilitates adjudicated kids in smaller classes in middle and high school settings, with academic instruction, experiential education, mentoring and goal setting, and works to increase self-esteem through responsibility and accountability. The overall goal of the AMI program is to provide an opportunity for kids who are academically behind in school and have behavioral issues to catch up or surpass their peers in academics.

The institute successfully reintegrates youth back into their communities, schools and family settings by meeting the special needs of the state, as well as the specific needs at the local level, in the community where the program is located. Overall, the institute works to prevent adjudicated youth from committing any new law violations after leaving their program.