ERIC Number: ED480208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Amachi: Mentoring Children of Prisoners in Philadelphia.
This report documents the work of Amachi, a mentoring program for children of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated parents in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Volunteers are recruited from inner-city congregations to provide one-to-one mentoring to the children. Beyond being the source of mentors, the congregations are a key part of the initiative. Information for this report comes from interviews with program developers, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Amachi staff, pastors, church volunteer coordinators, and mentors. This report describes challenges and successes of the Amachi model, focusing on the structure of the program in Philadelphia; describes the steps involved in transforming Amachi from plan to reality, highlighting the strategies for recruiting children, pastors, and volunteers; and examines the experiences of mentors and mentees and the challenges and successes of the matches thus far. A combination of four factors was essential (structure, management, commitment, and resources). One partner was an organization that had substantive experience with mentoring and could provide the necessary infrastructure. The partnership between secular and faith-based organizations was designed to be a "true partnership." There was leadership that was able to bridge the faith and secular communities. A firm system of accountability was key to success. (Contains 11 references and 23 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Child Development, Children, Church Role, Community Programs, Inner City, Leadership, Mentors, Program Development, Volunteers
Public/Private Ventures, 2000 Market Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Tel: 215-557-4400; Fax: 215-557-4469; Web-site: http://www.ppv.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.; Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society.