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Local AMIKids chairman honored at national conference

October 24, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

AMIKids Southwest Florida, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth an opportunity to transform their lives, recently announced that it received two awards at the AMIKids national conference that took place in Clearwater from Oct. 11 to 14.

John Ingraham, chairman of the local AMIKids board of trustees, accepted an award for excellence in resource development and an award for excellence in community development. The local AMIKids school, a day treatment program, is located on Main Street on San Carlos Island.

Nationally, AMIKids provides teens with environmental education, project-based learning and experiential education, to encourage student learning beyond traditional textbooks. The program serves about 7,500 youth annually, ages 14-18, throughout Florida and beyond.

"AMIKids has made a positive impact in Southwest Florida since 1991, helping students to achieve academic success and develop the life skills they need to become productive individuals," said Ingraham.

Founded in 1969, AMIKids has 56 programs in nine states across the U.S. Through education, counseling and behavior modification students are empowered to make positive decisions that will ultimately shape their future and allow them the opportunity to transform their lives.

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