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Amachi assists children of incarcerated parents in achieving their highest potential by engaging them in consistent and committed mentoring relationships with people of faith.
There is an alarming trend among the youth of our nation. A trend that is not provoked by youth behavior or misconduct. At no fault of their own, an estimated 2.5 million children in the United States have one or both parents in prison.
This group of young people represent the highest risk youth in America. Children of imprisoned parents are six times more likely to engage in negative behavior than those whose parents are not incarcerated. Research shows that nearly 70% of these youth will end up in prison themselves.
Amachi is a passionate response to the needs of children of prisoners. Amachi is designed to address their needs and alter the potential negative direction of these children's lives through mentoring.
The Amachi program was started in Philadelphia in 2000. Currently there are 267 programs in 48 states that use the Amachi model or were inspired by it. They have partnered with more than 5,000 churches and served more than 50,000 children.
Amachi Central Kentucky is an initiative of Lexington Leadership Foundation. LLF is a non-profit organization that seeks to build relationships between the communities of need and the communities of resource. Programs are undertaken which focus particularly on the broken, the vulnerable, and the poor. Many churches are adopting the Amachi model as a program and ministry of their congregation.
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