(a program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest)
Amachi is a unique partnership of secular and faith-based organizations working together to provide mentoring to children of incarcerated parents.
“Amachi” is a West African word meaning “who knows but what God has brought us through this child,” is the name of an initiative that connects children of prisoners
Faith institutions work with human service providers and public agencies (particularly justice institutions) to identify children of prisoners and match them with caring adults.
- Members of congregations can volunteer to be screened and matched with children who have been identified and enrolled by their custodial parent or guardian.
- An onsite volunteer coordinator provides a point of contact for ongoing volunteer support and information. Because the church, synagogue, or mosque is a common meeting ground, there are enhanced opportunities for group events involving matches or for support and training activities for volunteers.