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“A father to the Fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.” -Psalm 68:5

What is Amachi?



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Amachi began as a national program in 2000 to serve children of incarcerated parents. Statistically, without intervention, children impacted by parental incarceration are 70% more likely to end up in jail themselves. Since 2004, thousands of Lexington’s youth impacted by parental incarceration and substance abuse disorder have been matched with a caring adult mentor.


Amachi Lexington believes mentorship looks a lot like genuine friendship and that every young person deserves to have a caring adult to talk to, trust and ‘do life life with.’ Proverbs 22:6 serves as a foundational guide to our work, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Why Amachi?

98,000 youth in Kentucky have an incarcerated parent; this staggering fact places Kentucky 3rd in the country for highest percentage of children with an incarcerated parent.

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Are You a Good Fit?

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Person of faith or good will

19+ Years Old

Commit to 1 hour per week for at least 1 year

Valid driver's License

Pass background check

Impacted by incarceration

Ages 6-16

Commit to 1 hour per week for at least 1 year

Desire to have fun while reaching your full potential

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"My mentee has BIG life goals! Watching her grow in confidence and become a leader has been one of my greatest life joys. Her heart posture is pure and she embraces the same grace and mercy Jesus extends to all of us. My mentee about to shake up the world around us. -Dominique

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