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Jun 10, 2010 7:27 AM by Sharlee Barriere

AMIkids Acadiana Students Give Back to Seniors

Branch, LA - AMIkids Acadiana will be partnering with the residents of Acadia-St. Landry Guest Home in Church Point, Louisiana. Kids will work to build relationships with the residents by playing games and serving meals/snacks June 21 - 25, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m as a part of the AMIkids "Service from the Heart for Seniors" national service week. AMIkids "Service from the Heart for Seniors" Week will be full of exciting and enriching experiences for youth, staff, communities and the organization.

AMIkids Acadiana is one of 55 programs in seven 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 55 programs for the 2nd Annual "Service from the Heart" National Service Week, focusing on service to the elderly. Throughout the week of June 21-24, 2010, 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. Mr. Wright, Executive Director of AMIkids Acadiana, said, "Giving back to the community helps build character and I think it is one of the best examples we can show to our students."

Last year, AMIkids was inspired by President and Mrs. Obama's call to service through the "United We Serve" initiative. 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 75% average success rate.

The hope is that the nation 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 100,000 misguided youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. AMIkids programs focus on family values, education, character building and experiential learning.

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