Welcome to Amachi Pittsburgh


Amachi Pittsburgh

The mission of Amachi Pittsburgh is to empower young minds to overcome the challenges of parental incarceration and to reach their full potential through one-on-one mentoring, family strengthening and reunification support, and leadership development and youth organizing. We are nationally recognized and award winning as the only organization in the Pittsburgh area with a distinct focus on children of prisoners promise.


Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.  Click here for more information, 

We strive everyday for equity in justice which is embedded in our mission and work.  There is a movement to dismantle systems of racism and oppression. The problem is magnanimous and requires a multi-faceted, long-term strategy but that should not stop us from seeking ways to make a difference right here and now.  Amachi has–on a much smaller scale but in significant ways–already been a leader and a force in driving systems change.  We have created an anti-racism web page of resources to educate ourselves as we seek to combat racial injustice and address systemic racism. 

Amachi Pittsburgh’s priority is the health and safety of our families, mentors, and community partners.  We understand that this is a difficult and challenging time for everyone; our community as a whole is faced with extra stressors and tasked with additional responsibilities and challenges. Amachi Pittsburgh’s goal is to encourage everyone to please make it a priority to take care of yourself and your family by following the guidelines issued by the PA Department of Public Health, practicing self-care, and reaching out to us if you need help getting connected to other supports.  We have created a Covid-19 web page with a host of local resources.   

We are here to support you and wish everyone peace and strength as we all move forward together in solidarity.   To reach an Amachi Pittsburgh staff person, please call 412-699-3036 or email info@amachipgh.org.

 


 

 

 

 

 

A very special thank you to our friends at Steeltown Entertainment Teen Film Crew
for their support and expertise in creating this video!

Our Core Services

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