AMIkids Pensacola Receives President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award

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Escambia Boys Base, operated by AMIkids Pensacola, a nonprofit organization that helps kids with a troubled past achieve a bright future, is honored to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award, an award given by U.S. President Barack Obama in recognition of helping address pressing needs in our community and country. AMIkids Pensacola’s Escambia Boys Base is a residential facility that serves kids involved in the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and together with the AMIkids Pensacola’s day treatment program, has been in operation since 1991 and has helped more than 3,000 kids transform their lives.

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U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for AMIkids Pensacola's Escambia Boys Base

Despite the kids that are referred to AMIkids Pensacola programs averaging over four arrests prior to enrollment, 77% of the kids do not re-offend within the first year of completion.

Escambia Boys Base, operated by AMIkids Pensacola, a nonprofit organization that helps kids with a troubled past achieve a bright future, is honored to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award, an award given by U.S. President Barack Obama in recognition of helping address pressing needs in our community and country. AMIkids Pensacola’s Escambia Boys Base is a residential facility that serves kids involved in the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and together with the AMIkids Pensacola’s day treatment program, has been in operation since 1991 and has helped more than 3,000 kids transform their lives.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

“In my Inaugural Address, I stated that we need a new era of responsibility—a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our Nation, and the world,” said President Obama in the award letter. “These are duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit than giving our all to a difficult task. Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise.”

Despite the kids that are referred to AMIkids Pensacola programs averaging over four arrests prior to enrollment, 77% of the kids do not re-offend within the first year of completion.

“AMIkids Pensacola’s hard-working staff and engaged Board of Trustees helps make our programs some of the best in the nationwide AMIkids organization,” said Ryan Hatler, Chair of the AMIkids Pensacola Board of Trustees and Attorney at the Pensacola based firm of Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse. “We put our kids and their families first, and our dedication to them is evident in their success after completing our programs and as they return to their schools and our communities.”

“We are not only changing their lives, but we are impacting generations of families to come, and we cannot express enough gratitude to President Obama for recognizing our efforts in our community,” added Hatler.

AMIkids Pensacola, founded in 1991, has helped over 3,000 kids and their families and is one of over 40 AMIkids programs nationwide. AMIkids Pensacola relies on support from the local community through donations and to learn more, please visit http://www.AMIkidsPensacola.org.

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