The Amachi Initiative

The Amachi Initiative

The Amachi initiative was developed in Philadelphia in September 2000 to provide children impacted by incarceration with a different path by establishing the consistent presence of loving, caring mentors. The initiative involves unique partnerships between secular and faith-based organizations working together to provide mentoring to children of incarcerated parents. Since the organization was created, there have been at least 350 Amachi-modeled programs in more than 250 US cities and all 50 states. To date, these programs have served more than 300,000 children.

In 2009, Amachi expanded to include all at-risk youth and developed an effective intermediary model that served more than 17,000 youth, created more than 200 jobs, formed more than 1,000 partnerships, and created 38 statewide coalitions throughout the three-year project.

The Amachi Expansion for Military and Civilian Families (AEMCF) program was created in 2011 to serve youth from military families.


“I got over [having an incarcerated parent] because I had people in my life that acted like older brothers.”
-Amachi Pittsburgh Mentee