mentoring youth impacted by incarceration in Franklin County

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 but 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 offers 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.

mentors matter

Mentored youth are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.

Mentored youth are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who do not have a mentor.

Mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school.

Having access to at least one positive is a major predictor of resilience.

A mentor is.. a positive role model … a trusted adult friend… a nurturer of possibilities

Become a Mentor

Make an impact in our community! We have a huge need for mentors. Being a mentor requires a one year commitment of spending at least one hour per week with your mentee.
Mentors must be at least 19 years old, have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance, reliable transportation and pass a background check.

Become a Mentee

If your child has been impacted by incarceration, we encourage you to participate in our mentor program. The more support, the better!

Mentees can be ages 6-16 and must spend one hour per week with their mentor.

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