Anna Hollis

Executive Director
412-281-1288, Ext 6

Jeremiah Davis

Mentoring Specialist

Ling Deng

Amachi Ambassadors Coordinator

Samantha Monks

Program Outcomes Analyst

Wendy Paddock

Program Associate


Yazmin Peña

Family Engagement Specialist


Johanna Sharrard

Manager, Executive Affairs
412-281-1288, Ext 1


Amanda Taylor

Director, Mentoring and Partnerships


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.

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

truly new.

It is all about you!

We’ll have social learning for turning our hearing

and our hearts toward one another with

emotional intelligence.

We will even steer through the negligence we get for

prison bars, trauma scars;

some on black skin –

some unseen

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.

“[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