Who We Are
Melbourne Center for Personal Growth Operated by AMIkids Space Coast, formerly Space Coast Marine Institute, is a six to nine month moderate-risk residential facility for boys ages 13-18 who have committed crimes. They have committed an average of 7 offenses by the time they are referred to AMIkids Space Coast by the Department of Juvenile Justice. These young men arrive at our institute with little or no self-esteem and have experienced minimal positive interaction with adults and peers.
"The teachers really spend a lot of time with you, everyone here really cares." -Jeremy, 16
"My favorite part of the program, believe it or not, is school. I came in at a 9th grade level and in four months I have earned an 11th grade level. The teachers really spend a lot of time with you, everyone here really cares." – Brian, 17
The mission of Melbourne Center for Personal Growth Operated by AMIkids Space Coast is to protect the public safety and positively impact as many youth as possible through the efforts of a diverse and innovative staff through education, counseling, behavior modification and treatment to improve the lives of troubled-male teenagers. AMIkids Space Coast addresses the needs of youthful offenders by providing a scheduled curriculum of academic, vocational and mental health awareness activities. In addition to a personalized academic education, the daily schedule includes programs that build self-confidence and a greater understanding of the world around us.
"When I got here, I didn't have any relationship with my mother, now we are like best friends." – James, 17
Our Fall Fundraiser, November 3,2013
The fundraiser is held a the Sport complex in Viera.
Melbourne Center for Personal Growth Operated by AMIkids, formerly Space Coast Marine Institute, is raising funds to provide a quality education and social services for our at-risk youth in need.
Come join us for our fall fundraiser and the chance to win $10,000 dollars! The event is a great opportunity to come out and learn about our program and how we are changing lives. Experience what 20 of our best local restaurants have to offer, as they offer free samplings of their signatures dishes. Come out and enjoy friends, family, and this great community. To learn more about this event and other activities going on at the Melbourne Center for Personal Growth Operated by AMIkids call 321-752-3200.
The Young men help Celebrate a family's new home with Habitat.
A Second Chance at Life
Although the residents are "court ordered" to Melbourne Center for Personal Growth Operated by AMIkids Space Coast, our focus is on personal growth, not incarceration. During the six to nine month stay, most students advance two grade levels. Each student will participate in programs that teach accountability, dedication and teamwork. We continue to successfully help young men rejoin society as responsible and respectful students, employees and family members.
Over 1,300 boys have participated in the program at Melbourne Center for Personal Growth Operated by AMIkids Space Coast and approximately 76 percent have had no further negative contact with the criminal justice system. Compare that to the national average of 24 percent and see why we are so committed to these young men.
"Before I came here, I used to skip school. I didn't think I had any options. Now I've earned my GED and I'm registered for community college. I'm going to be an electrical engineer." – Dickens, 18
Donate Your Boat
One of the chief advantages of a boat contribution is the speed with which an owner can divest himself of his boat and eliminate the continuing costs associated with ownership. As a boat owner, you are faced with the options of selling or donating your boat and should work with your tax advisor to determine which course is the best for you. If you would like more information on donating your boat, please contact our office at 321-752-3200