IN KNOXVILLE, 4,400 CHILDREN
have at least ONE PARENT IN JAIL
Statistically, without intervention, these children are 70% more likely to follow in the same footsteps.
Amachi is helping to break this cycle.
We help children address barriers, impact their future and challenge the cycle of incarceration by providing them with friendship through a caring adult mentor.
Everyone benefits from having a friend. A person we can talk to, trust, and “do life” with. This is what mentoring looks like: friendship. Think about your own life, and the presence of parents, church leaders, teachers, coaches, scout leaders, mentors etc. These key relationships in our lives influence who we become.
Amachi is a national program started in 2000 to serve the children of incarcerated parents.
Amachi Knoxville serves youth that could be facing parental incarceration, bullying, disconnection from positive adult role models and a host of other challenges that could negatively impact their future.
Amachi Knoxville’s mentors have been serving our community since 2004, engaging with kids, building relationships and being their biggest cheerleaders.
One mentor (or one family unit) is matched with one child and from there it’s simple…Four to six hours per month makes a difference. One friendship, two lives changed.
Two or more mentors meet on site with a group of mentees (1:5 ratio) one hour per week during a full, 9 month academic year. Many friendships, many lives changed.
KNOXVILLE AREA MENTOR INITIATIVE
Knoxville Area Mentoring Initiative (KAMI) is a unique collaborative project that we started between 5 local mentoring organizations. Collaborative friendship, community changed.