Amachi Pittsburgh celebrates 10 years

CELEBRATING AMACHI PITTSBURGH—Debra Germany and John Wetzel, secretary of Corrections (Photos by J.L.Martello)

Amachi Pittsburgh has been on a mission since 2003 to make children of incarcerated parents and their families whole. The first 10 chapters of their story highlights their commitment to reach these children of promise with open hearts and hands to guide, nurture and share the gift of time through one on one mentoring, family strengthening and youth leadership development programs.
LIKE BROTHERS—Tirrell Harris, mentee, with mentor Brandon Ballard

The proven results of Amachi Pittsburgh demonstrates that young people are in fact breaking the cycle of inter-generational incarceration. Based on the national, evidence-based Amachi program model, Amachi Pittsburgh works with a unique network of secular and faith-based partners to strategically provide encouragement, guidance, and support to vulnerable children, ages 4-18, and their families, both during the time of incarceration and through the transition period following a parent’s release.
VIP HOSTS—TiAnda and Mel Blount with granddaughter, Akilah Blount

On Oct. 16, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the 10 year story of Amachi Pittsburgh was told. Mentors, mentees and special guests celebrated 10 years of empowering young people to thrive.
HONOREES—Yawatta Sayles and Harriet Washington

The VIP reception was hosted by former Pittsburgh Steeler Mel Blount and his wife, TiAnda Blount, of the Mel Blount Youth Home.
SUPPORTERS—Greg Spencer and Rev. Dr. Darryl T. Canady

Guests enjoyed line dancing and a special presentation presented by the youth of Amachi Pittsburgh.
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS— Anna Hollis, Amachi Pittsburgh executive director, and board member Steve Davis

MENTOR AND MENTEE—Yawatta Sayles and Ronnea Harris


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