Amachi Texas is one program within Big Brothers Big Sisters, which focuses on mentoring children of incarcerated family members, including family members who are on parole or probation.
“Amachi” is a Nigerian Ibo word that means: “Who knows what God has brought us through this child.”
The original Amachi program started in 2001, in Philadelphia, as a mentoring program within Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Amachi Texas is the first statewide program funded by a grant from the State of Texas.
Amachi children are much like all BBBS children. The only characteristic that identifies them as an Amachi Texas child is a link to an incarcerated family member. Most parents or guardians of Amachi children apply directly to BBBS in an effort to provide a positive role model for their child.
Yes, the incarcerated parent will know their child has a mentor and often he/she is the person who initially enrolled their child in the program.
The mission of Amachi Texas
To break the intergenerational cycle of crime and incarceration by helping children of prisoners fulfill their maximum potential through safe, positive mentoring relationships.
The Amachi Texas Vision
To successfully implement this statewide pilot initiative, achieve successful outcomes, and build a program infrastructure to reach thousands of at-risk children across the state while establishing a replicable model for the nation.