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Fort Myers Youth Academy
/michell-mccarthy fort-myers-youth-academy 2515 Ortiz Avenue FL 33905 (239) 210-0940 (239) 210-0934 Katrina.Harvey@truecorebehavioral.com 28, Ages 14-18 TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, LLC http://www.truecorebehavioral.com/ Nonsecure /facilities/restrictiveness-levels#nonsecure 20 Fort Myers Katrina Harvey Facility Administrator

Fort Myers Youth Academy (FMYA) is a structured, nonsecure treatment program for males, ages 14 to 18, adjudicated to a nonsecure residential setting and in need of substance abuse treatment.  Youth receive individual and group mental health services in addition to substance abuse counseling. Select youth participate in "Thinking for Change" (T4C), an evidence-based curriculum that addresses cognitive and emotional needs. The program also provides the "Living in Balance" curriculum (which addresses the emotional components and substance abusing situations), "Impact of Crime" and restorative justice.  These curricula help youth understand the impact criminal activities have on individuals, families and communities. All youth admitted should have approved judicial consent permitting off-site activities, allowing participation in job searches and community restoration.

Youth also participate in gender-specific groups with an emphasis on pro-social character building.

The anticipated average length of stay depends on the youth's pace of success in completing the individualized treatment plan and goals.

The Fort Myers Youth Academy offers an education program  that includes all course requirements for a standard high school diploma.  Academic and career education instruction are provided through the Lee County School District.  FMYA is a Type 2  program and planned career education opportunities include: culinary arts, Microsoft and computer repair.

The program is committed to providing employability skills to youth to prepare them to enter into today’s workforce.  Youth will have the opportunity to participate in career and technical education programs, which includes Florida Ready to Work, Career Planning through Choices, Culinary Arts/ServSafe™ and Florida SafeStaff® Certification, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certification, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) / First Aid Certification.

  • Take Interstate 75 South, toward Naples;
  • Take the FL-82 exit, exit 138, toward Fort Myers / Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd / Immokalee;
  • Merge onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd / FL-82 toward Fort Myers / Edison / Ford Estates / Imaginarium;
  • Turn left onto Ortiz Avenue / County Highway 865; and
  • 2515 Ortiz Avenue is on the left. 
  • After turning left, continue through the parking lots until the last building, which is the Fort Myers Youth Academy.