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Amachi of Frankfort

There are over 7 million children facing the challenges and trauma associated with the negative effects/impacts of parental incarceration. This group of young people represents the highest risk youth in America. Without effective intervention these children are six timesmore likely to engage in negative behavior than kids not affected by incarceration.


about amachi

People of faith mentoring children of promise

Amachi is a nationally based program, specifically designed for children of the incarcerated, that originated in Philadelphia, in 2001.  Amachi is an African word that means, Who knows what God has brought us through this child. Amachi of Central Kentucky began in 2004 and is located in Lexington. The program is based on “people of faith (and goodwill) mentoring children of promise.” WJRF has been approved to begin Amachi of Frankfort

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Child Eligibility Requirements:

Mentees can be ages 6-16 and must spend one hour per week with their mentor. For more information on enrolling your child to have a mentor, please email us.

Mentor Eligibility Requirements:

Mentors must be atleast 19 years old, have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance, reliable transportation, pass a background check and spend atleast one hour per week with your mentee. For more information on becoming a mentor, please email us.

Meagan Morrow

Americorps Vista

Meagan Morrow, our Americorps VISTA, is developing the infrastructure of this program. Meagan meets regularly with Amachi of Central Kentucky to learn all aspects of the program. Meagan has ten years of experience working in social work and substance abuse so she’s seen first hand how incarceration impacts the families of Frankfort and beyond. She has a BS in Social Work from Western Kentucky University.

info@wjrfoundation.org