Why volunteer?

Make a difference that will last a lifetime.

As an Amachi Big Brother or Big Sister you will undoubtedly change a child's life, your own life and your community's future. Perhaps you are here because a friend pointed you to Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Ohio or maybe it was your own interest in making a difference. Whatever the reason, if you answer the call to become an Amachi volunteer you will be making a difference that will last a lifetime.

Transforming Our Community: One Child at a Time

The 7.3 million children in America who have an incarcerated parent are facing more difficulties in their lives. They need all of the help they can get to achieve their dreams and succeed in life. These children benefit greatly from having an additional caring adult mentor in their lives. It's what moved Dr. W. Wilson Goode Sr. to found the Amachi program on the streets of Philadelphia in 2001. Today it's the only model in the nation proven to have a lasting, positive impact.

Since its inception in 2006, Amachi volunteers have mentored about 3,000 Ohio children. And, with your help, that number can grow dramatically.

Mentoring Works

Research shows that children matched with a mentor are more likely to succeed in school and in life. Children matched with Big Brothers or Sisters are:

  • 52% less likely to skip a day of school
  • 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs
  • 64% more confident of their ability to perform their schoolwork

Learn how it works.

Make a difference, become an Amachi Ohio volunteer.