Kissimmee Youth Academy’s youth took part in a group session with Hope 4 The Hood and Urban Justice. During the faith-based group, the youth were able to take part in a discussion centered around anger and violence. The youth discussed: life vs. death, good vs. evil, and walking with Christ. In addition, the youth were able to listen to songs and there was a Q & A session. 

The purpose of this exercise was to explain to the youth the danger of holding in emotions, making split decisions, and not living life in abundance. Our youth were fully engaged and enjoyed this group!

Kissimmee Youth Academy serves 24 males between the ages of 14 and 21 in a secure residential program which provides mental health overlay services (MHOS), co-located with a secure residential commitment program serving 47 males, ages 14-19, providing services for boys who meet criteria for borderline developmental disability (BDD) services or Developmental Disability (DD) services. BDD youth typically have a full-scale IQ 70-79, while DD youth IQ 69 and under (typically 40-69), where the youth’s IQ and functional limitations have been documented by a formal psychological evaluation completed within the last twelve months. Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Contact Kissimmee Youth Academy at 407-350-4900 or visit