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Amachi Mentoring



The purpose of Amachi is to provide one-to-one mentoring for youth ages 6 – 14 whose parents or family members are incarcerated or recently released from the prison system to “break the cycle” of incarceration.

Youth are engaged in mentoring relationships established primarily through partnerships with school districts, faith-based organizations, non-profit partnerships, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Prison Fellowship and Re-Entry programs across Texas.

Proven Dropout Prevention Strategy

The Texas Education Agency focuses state and federal resources on identifying and replicating proven strategies for dropout prevention. According to the United State Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences Dropout Prevention Practice Guide, providing adult advocates is an effective strategy to help youth pursue a future of success. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has conducted independent research showing the impact of mentoring on student outcomes. The BBBS Amachi Mentoring Program focuses on 3 components:

  • Reducing juvenile delinquency;
  • Improving educational achievement and promotion through high school graduation; and
  • Enhancing personal and social well-being.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Texas (BBBS –NT) implements the Amachi mentoring program and subcontracts with 10 BBBS programs throughout Texas to provide mentoring for children of incarcerated adults.


2,491 youth were mentored in FY2012 

  • 726 youth represent new matches
  • 80% of the matches were sustained for at least 6 months
  • 59% of the matches were sustained for 12 months
  • 99.8% of students served were satisfied with the program, based on 1442 surveys that were completed
  • 96.5% of the mentors were satisfied with the mentoring experience, based on 1526 surveys that were completed
  • 23 community partnerships were established to assist with meeting program goals

Student Outcomes 2010-2011 School Year

Of the 2,727 youth served in FY 11, BBBS reported:

  • 98% were promoted to the next grade
  • 98.7% avoided involvement with the criminal justice system
  • 95.6% remained in school without placement in an alternative education program

Funding Information

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Funds

  •  FY2008 - $2,500,000
  •  FY2009 - $2,500,000
  •  FY2010 - $2,500,000
  •  FY2011 - $2,500,000 
  •  FY2012 - $1,250,000
  •  FY2013 - $1,250,000

Laws and Rules

  •  General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 65, 82nd Texas Legislature, 2011
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Plan


Federal & State Education Policy 


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