Meet Christy & Family
“Our favorite part about being part of Amachi is that the staff care about the families… the fact that they try and make the best of a bad situation is awesome. Ny family benefited so much from working with Amachi. We were treated like people, not a statistic.”
Christy, her husband, Kevin, and their daughters Kiley (18), NcKenzie (age 14), and Danica (age 9) enjoy spending time together.
They have been involved with Amachi Pittsburgh since 2012, during Kevin’s incarceration. Christy and her daughters participated in Amachi’s family strengthening activities while they awaited Kevin’s return, and all 5 of them have benefited from reunification activities since his release. Their family continues to grow, and they just bought their first house!
Meet Damon & JaVaughn
JaVaughn, age 9, looks up to his mentor “Nr. Damon” as a role model. Damon stepped up to get JaVaughn off of our waiting list. Their favorite activity together is going to Kennywood amusement park.
JaVaughn and Damon are learning so many things from one another. Damon is teaching JaVaughn about how important school is, whi le JaVaughn is teaching Damon about the importance of being patient.
Damon hopes to always be a positive influence in his mentee’s life. Damon considers JaVaughn a part of his family.
Tiger has been matched with his mentor, George, for 5 years. Since being a part of Amachi, Tiger has seen changes in himself, such as being a better person and improvements in his public-speaking skills.
He wants to make a difference as an Amachi Ambassador, and loves the Ambassador events!
• He helped to plan a youth leadership workshop for the FutureFocus career fair.
• He was also featured in a video about youth engagement in education and presented his perspective about the topic at the video premier at Carlow University.
• He participated in producing the Amachi Pittsburgh video through the Steeltown Youth Nedia project.
Tiger is a 16-year-old junior at East Allegheny High School.