children with incarcerated parents
Mentoring for Children with Incarcerated Parents
What is the Amachi Program?
Having a mom or dad in prison can make growing up difficult. Children with an incarcerated parent often need additional support and guidance. Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Program helps broaden their perspectives on what they can achieve in life.
Amachi, a Nigerian word of hope from the Ibo people, means "who knows but what God has brought us through this child."
Our Amachi Program connects children with role models from all walks of life, but particularly those from local religious organizations. Houses of worship and their members can provide a safe and suitable environment for children to develop into responsible young men and women.
The Amachi Program is a faith-based mentoring program. The purpose is to match children ages 7 to 14 whose parent or guardian is or has been incarcerated or involved with the criminal justice system.
The Big must be 18 years or older, commit to a minimum of one year, and at least 4 hours per month of one-to-one time with a Little to give guidance, be a positive role model, and friend.