People of Faith Mentoring Children of Promise
America's most isolated and at-risk children are the estimated 7.3 million children who have one or both parents under some form of state or federal supervision. Without effective intervention, 70 percent of these children will likely follow their parent's path into jail or prison. The Amachi mentoring program was developed to provide them with a different path - by establishing the consistent presence of loving, caring people of faith.
Amachi mentors meet weekly with a child who has been carefully matched with them; they often live and worship in the same neighborhoods as the children. Amachi's hope is that one-to-one mentoring by caring adults will significantly improve the life opportunities of the children.
"Amachi" is a Nigerian Ibo word that means "Who knows but what God has brought us through this child."
Amachi's success in Philadelphia has sparked interest in many cities around the country, as well as at the White House and in Congress.
Note: The above description came from the organization's About Us page.
- Free Book: The Least of These: Amachi and the Children of Prisoners (PDF)
- Video: Amachi - Just the Fact - Public/Private Ventures (YouTube)
- Volunteer: Join Amachi