The Amachi Ambassadors Youth Leadership Development program initially launched in 2010 to increase awareness in the community on Children of prisoners Promise. The program has since taken on a youth organizing approach, empowering youth to take a stand in addressing issues directly and indirectly affected by parental incarceration.
OVERVIEW OF AMACHI AMBASSADORS PROGRAMAt Amachi Pittsburgh, we understand that young people have the inborn capacity to cope with challenges they face, to create opportunities for themselves, and to improve and transform their communities. Amachi Ambassadors is a youth organizing program that empowers children of promise to raise awareness and education about the impact of parental incarceration on children, families, and communities. Our Ambassadors strive to improve services and shift policies and systems that affect their lives. We engage, educate and empower young people to make a positive impact in their communities. Our current initiative is focused on securing state-level resources specifically designated for the support of students affected by parental/familial incarceration. Ambassadors attend workshops that equip them with the leadership and critical thinking skills needed to identity issues, and develop and implement solutions to address them.
WORKSHOPS & EVENTSWorkshops are referred to as Ambassador Saturdays, which are an ongoing series of workshops and activities on leadership development, youth organizing, education reform, community engagement and much more. These activities take place at the Amachi Pittsburgh office located at 1830 Forbes Ave., 2nd Floor, on the 1ST and 3RD Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Special events and other activities are scheduled on a case-by-case basis and may take place on weekday evenings and/or weekends.
The Amachi Ambassadors Program is FREE to all youth. The cost for the program and all activities and events has been underwritten through grants from The Heinz Endowments and Three Rivers Community Foundation.
The Amachi Ambassadors Coordinator will review all completed intake forms. Youth will then receive a follow-up phone call as well as all other necessary forms, which must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the Amachi Ambassadors Coordinator prior to participating in Ambassador activities and events.
There is no deadline for intake; youth are accepted into the Ambassadors program on a rolling basis.ATTENDANCE
Youth who attend regularly will benefit most. Youth are expected to arrive on time to all Ambassador events.
Amachi Ambassadors provides an inclusive and safe space where all are respected. The following are prohibited when acting on behalf of or representing the Amachi Ambassadors Program and/or Amachi Pittsburgh:
- Possession or use of any alcohol, tobacco, and/or illegal drugs.
- Use of abusive, obscene, and discriminatory and offensive language.
- Harassment (visual, verbal, or physical) on another person.
- Behavior that is illegal and/or unsafe.