Mentoring at Amachi is strengths-based youth-focused, designed to help young people identify and build assets while developing self-assurance in these four key areas to lead healthy, successful lives:
  • Competence: being able to do something well
  • Usefulness: having something to contribute
  • Belonging: being part of a community and having meaningful relationships with caring adults
  • Power: having control over one's future

Why Mentor?

Mentors can make a difference in the lives of children impacted by parental incarceration by:

  • Challenging young people to excel academically and in extracurricular activities that promote healthy social interaction, team-building, collaboration and problem solving.
  • Be a role model for a child impacted by parental incarceration and help break the generational cycle of incarceration; give back to the community and empower children to reach their full potential; have fun and learn something new!
  • Helping young people improve their relationships with others.
  • Working alongside caregivers to reinforce a stable environment grounded in values and a belief in family.
  • Exposing young people to educational and cultural events and opportunities.


  • At least 21 years old & reside in Western PA
  • Must pass Act 33/34 Clearances and Mandated Reporter Training
  • Commitment of a minimum of 4 hours / month in at least bi-weekly engagements for a minimum of one year
  • Be willing to complete the screening process, communicate regularly with Amachi staff, and abide by all Amachi policies and procedures


Ready to Apply?

Enrollment Process

  1. Complete Mentor Application
  2. Clearances and Mandated Reporter Training
  3. Interview with Amachi Staff
  4. Reference Checks
  5. Mentor Training

Interested but want to learn more?