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DISCLAIMER

Due to COVID-19, the services offered in this program will be delivered virtually.  As mitigation efforts to stop the spread of the virus loosen, the program will shift to a hybrid format that will consist of virtual and in-person services.  This is contingent upon CDC regulations. Our goal is to ultimately move toward in-person mentoring—whenever it is safest to do so. Right now E-MENTORING SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE.

WHAT IS AMACHI CHESTER?

An evidence-based mentoring program that aims to connect youth of families impacted by incarceration, gun violence and/or anti-social behavior with positive role models whom will work to enhance their quality of life.

AMACHI CHESTER’S GOAL

Amachi Chester’s goal is to provide quality mentoring during the Pandemic.  It is crucial to the community of Chester to engage in activities that protect our at-risk-youth.  Risky behavior continues during the Pandemic.  It is very important that we continue to explore ways to prevent traumatic events for our children as well as provide healing for our children-experiencing trauma.

From quarantine to social distancing safety is our primary goals.  Amachi Chester is committed to having conversations and creating programs that help increase wellness, connectivity, and fun engaging activities for the youth it serves according to CDC guidelines.

As the community of Chester adjust to a new normal, it is still experiencing all forms of trauma.  Causes of trauma include:

    • Physical, sexual, or psychological abuse and neglect
    • Natural and technological disasters
    • Family or community violence
    • Sudden or violent loss of a loved one
    • Substance use disorder (personal or familial)
    • Serious accidents or life-threatening illness
    • Lack of shelter
    • Health & Nutrition Education

Traumatic reactions can include a variety of responses, such as intense and ongoing emotional upset, depressive symptoms or anxiety, behavioral changes, difficulties with self-regulation, problems relating to others or forming attachments, regression or loss of previously acquired skills, attention and academic difficulties, nightmares, difficulty sleeping and eating, and physical symptoms, such as aches and pains. Older children may use drugs or alcohol, behave in risky ways, or engage in unhealthy sexual activity.

Amachi Chester goal is to give children access to resources that help buffer against the harmful effects of traumatic experiences and their aftermath. Exposure to positive culture Influence how children, their families, and their communities respond, recover, and heal from a traumatic experience.