HISTORY OF AMACHI
Amachi began in Philadelphia in September 2000 with funding from Pew Charitable Trusts as a partnership between Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania. P/PV was responsible for administrative oversight and financial management of the program and for recruiting congregations and children. The organization also collected and analyzed the data used to monitor the matches and gauge the overall progress of Amachi. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania screened the volunteers and children, and made the match.
In 2002 P/PV began an Amachi program in New York, and during the fall of 2003, P/PV began expanding the Amachi model nationwide with the help of funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the William Simon Foundation. The first Amachi Training Institute was conducted in December 2003. As of 2012, the Institute has trained more than 3000 people representing almost 900 organizations from 525 cities in 47 states. Although P/PV ceased operations in July 2012, Amachi, Inc. continues the work of the program.
Amachi is pleased to partner with Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree program, where in selected locations across the country Amachi and Prison Fellowship collaborate to provide mentors for the Angel Tree children. In return, Prison Fellowship offers the mentors from local congregations a workshop on how the Angel Tree program works. There are more than 600,000 children of prisoners in Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree program.