The purpose of Amachi-Break the Cycle is to introduce a caring adult mentor (18+) into the lives of children of incarcerated parents. The role of an adult mentor is not to replace the parent’s role, but to spend quality time with a child of an incarcerated parent for one hour a week for at least one year.
According to Public & Private Ventures of Philadelphia, children of prisoners are six times more likely than other children to be incarcerated at some point in their lives. While there are many programs that assist incarcerated adults, very little concentration is placed on the children of inmates and the directions their lives are taking without effective intervention strategies. It is estimated that there are 7.3 million children impacted by incarceration and as many as 70% of these children will become involved with the criminal justice system. A positive mentoring relationship can result in improved school performance, self-confidence, and greater hope for the future.
Amachi-Break the Cycle develops sustainable partnerships and collaborates with many local faith-based and secular organizations to better serve the children of incarcerated parents. Mentoring relationships are valuable especially for children of incarcerated parents as they face higher risks of ending up in the criminal justice system. It is our hope that our efforts to help NJ children who are impacted by incarceration will break the generational cycle of incarceration.
For more information on how to become a mentor or child enrollment, please call Kristi (609) 883-2880x102.