Amachi Pittsburgh raises awareness and delivers services to give children a fighting chance-- when the community is knowledgeable about the challenges that they face, children have the support they need to thrive. This awareness creates policy-level change so that youth are unburdened from a system that has made them more vulnerable to the criminal justice system.
MEET OUR TEAM
We center the voices and the needs of youth and families in our work. We are accountable to them, our local and statewide stakeholders, our funders, and ourselves.
Faith is a tenet of the Amachi model and a core value embedded in the communities we serve. We are guided by ethical and moral principles and we seek to cultivate a strong, interfaith support system. Because of this goal, we accept and welcome people of all beliefs.
EQUITY & JUSTICE
We apply a racial equity and social justice lens to our work, recognizing the role all forms of racism play in rendering black and brown families disproportionately involved in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. We advocate for all youth who are vulnerable to the school-to-prison pipeline.
We holistically serve youth within the context of family, valuing their strengths. Our families drive our practice. We push for policy reforms and community support systems that are informed by their voices.
We are guided by data and what we know works for our youth and our families. We use this evidence to inform our community about how to better support children who are impacted by trauma.
We embrace continuous learning and resiliency in our practice, recognizing that youth and families have the inborn capacity to solve problems and overcome adversity. We believe in the potential and possibilities of our youth and families as well as our staff, volunteers, and communities.
THE SANCTUARY MODEL
The Sanctuary model is a set of ideas for organizations like Amachi to engage with our community in a more trauma-informed way to promote healing and cultural change. This model gives us tools to build a community of caring that recognizes and manages trauma first within ourselves and then with our families and the Amachi network as a whole.
Amachi Pittsburgh is excited to announce that we are embarking on a journey to create a more trauma-informed and trauma-responsive culture.
By Taylor Faith Leeper
What does it need?
It’s where we provide the “we”
with a sanctuary of non-violence
It’s where we’re listening in the sweet silence
of growth and change to hear what life has to
teach us in even a small moment
It is all movement
Movement toward open communication.
It’s our human and moral obligation to have
a social responsibility to tell our truth.
We will tow our nation to a world that is
It is all about you!
We’ll have social learning for turning our hearing
and our hearts toward one another with
We will even steer through the negligence we get for
prison bars, trauma scars;
some on black skin –
This is the sanctuary that you are in and even though
the grass isn’t always green on this side
We are always on your side
In our sanctuary you’ll have democracy where your voice,
if not always your vote, can forever abide.
It’s about you.
Nothing happens about you here, without you…here!
What’s the next step for us to get near a brighter future?
What does the community need? It needs you!
This is where Amachi will provide the “we” with a
Sanctuary of being you, being the future, and being free.
What we do is all for you.