News Room: The Amachi Story

News Room: The Amachi Story
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WQED Documentary on Children of Incarcerated Parents

In the wake of those staggering statistics are children who become the invisible victims – facing emotional and physical turmoil, and financial hardships. While the adult is the one serving time behind bars, their children often find themselves cut off from the lives they desire. Yet there are local organizations working to implement change. In Allegheny County, where an estimated 8,500 children have incarcerated parents, new programs are improving family relationships and child outcomes, while educating the public and decision makers. WQED’s initiative hopes to shed light on a topic that is often ignored, but impacts so many.

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Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 1.43.27 PM American Incarceration – Smithsonian Magazine, January 2017 In The News


Amachi Hachi Pachi Brings the Disco to Life – New Pittsburgh Courier, October 2016 Children with Incarcerated Parents Often Suffer in Silence – Fairfield Citizen, September 2016 Amachi Hachi Pachi Held at PNC Riverwalk and Hall of Fame Club – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 2016 Your Guide to Mentoring in Pittsburgh – Kidsburgh, August 2016 Amachi Pittsburgh Serves “Invisible” Victims of Crime-Children of the Incarcerated – NEXT Pittsburgh, March 2016 Let’s Not Victimize the Children of Incarcerated Parents – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 2016


Amachi Pittsburgh Holds Meeting on ‘Ban the Box’ – New Pittsburgh Courier, December 2015 Vigil honors DeSean Fountain, demands ‘Victims No More’ – New Pittsburgh Courier, November 2015 Pittsburgh Region’s Philanthropic Sector at Top of Nation’s Pack – Tribune Review, November 2015 Understanding The Difficulties Facing Children Of Incarcerated Parents – 90.5 WESA, November 2015 Diversity Doesn’t Mean Much Without Inclusion – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 2015 PNC Legacy Project honors our Executive Director, Anna – May 2015 Amachi Pittsburgh hearing in Harrisburg – NewsWorks, March 2015 Amachi Pittsburgh advocates for state funding – WITF, March 2015


Amachi Pittsburgh celebrates 10 years – New Pittsburgh Courier, November 2014 From funding loss to sustainability – Faith & Leadership, November 2014 Amachi Pittsburgh hosts event at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 2014 FreeHer: Formerly Incarcerated Women Demand an End to Mass Incarceration – Truthout, June 2014 Can Teens’ Recorded Messages to Incarcerated Parents be a Turning Point for Prisoners? – Remake Learning, May 2014 Radio Interview – May 2014; Download from Dropbox. Interview is approximately 21 minutes Community Member of the Month: Kayla Bowyer, Amachi Pittsburgh – McKees Rocks CDC, March 2014 Children of Incarcerated Parents and the Need for Education Reform – Center for Public Justice More than 81,000 children have a parent in prison in PA – PublicSource, March 2014 PUM Celebrating Black History Month 2014 Featuring Pittsburgh Leaders Who Inspire – Pittsburgh Urban Media, February 2014


Anna Hollis in the news about the experiences of children with incarcerated parents – TribLIVE, August 2013 Check out this video for some motivation and re-energizing by our mentor Nancy Stampahar – YouTube video, July 2013 Kayla Bowyer, our Amachi Ambassador Coordinator, advocating for change to America’s War on Drugs policies – New Pittsburgh Courier, June 2013


Anna Hollis talks about our partner, Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation – TribLIVE, December 2012 Anna Hollis, ED, Amachi Pittsburgh raves about coaching with Barbara Schwarck – YouTube video, June 2012


Amachi Pittsburgh recognized with a 2010 RISE ChangeMaker Award – Metro Beat, September 2010 Amachi Pittsburgh partners with TV personality and best-selling author Chef Jeff Henderson for unique fundraising event – PR Newswire, September 2010 Amachi Pittsburgh partners with TV personality and best-selling author Chef Jeff Henderson for unique fundraising event – PR Newswire, September 2010 Press Releases Wisdom to Survive eBook to Benefit Amachi Pittsburgh – September 24, 2014 Amachi Pittsburgh Celebrates 10 Years – September 23, 2014