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.


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.


Anna Hollis

Executive Director

Nicole Cannon

Director of Development and Communications

Jordan Allen Sr.

Mentoring Specialist

Ling Deng

Amachi Ambassadors Coordinator

Akeilla Goater

Family Engagement Specialist

Samantha Monks

Program Outcomes Analyst

Casey Shealer

Manager of Executive Affairs

Yazmin Peña

Mentoring Specialist

Amanda Taylor

Director of Mentoring and Partnerships

“[A]machi really has this incredible advocacy arm. And not every community resource organization has an advocacy arm, many of them are designed to fill a hole to answer a single need, as opposed to then taking that need as a reflection of an issue that needs to be brought in a broader way to be solved systematically.” A Pediatrician and Partner