Amachi Knoxville to Celebrate Outstanding Mentors


Media Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 22, 2015

For additional information contact:
David Ault, Vice President of Programs Danita McCartney, Director of Mentoring Initiatives

Amachi Knoxville to Celebrate Outstanding Mentors

Knoxville, TN - January is National Mentoring Month and Knoxville Leadership Foundation’s Amachi Knoxville mentoring program will be celebrating its’ outstanding mentors this Saturday, January 24th.  This month is a time each year to highlight the importance of mentors and the need for every child to have a caring adult in his or her life.  When you serve as a mentor, you enrich your own life as much as you do the life of a child.

Amachi is a Nigerian word that means, “Who knows but what God has brought us through this child.”  Amachi Knoxville provides mentoring services to a very special group of Knoxville’s children—those with a parent currently incarcerated in state or federal prison.  We seek to assist these children in achieving their highest potential by engaging them in consistent and committed mentoring relationships.

Katie and Reese are just one example of a successful mentoring relationship. The pair were matched in 2008 with the Amachi Knoxville program (Katie was 19 and Reese was 11).  Over the last 5 ½ years, Katie and Reese have formed a relationship built on trust, friendship and love for one another.  Katie describes the early stage of their match as a time to build trust – “There were times we didn’t even do a lot of talking, I would pick her up at her home and bring her to my house to cook and let her have a quiet place to do her homework, it was about just being together.”  Fast forward a few years and Reese and Katie are in contact daily! 

The Amachi Knoxville Mentoring Luncheon will be a time to celebrate our mentors, mentees and their families. “Our mentors are community members who want to be someone who matters to someone who matters” said Danita McCartney, Director of Mentoring Initiatives at Knoxville Leadership Foundation. “The luncheon is a time to show our appreciation to all of our mentors, but also to highlight those mentors who have gone above and beyond throughout the year.”

For more information on how to become an Amachi mentor, visit us online at for details.

Amachi Knoxville will host their annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon at Noon – 2pm on Saturday, January 24th. The event will be held at The Foundry, 747 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902.


Knoxville Leadership Foundation helps address unmet needs in the greater Knoxville area through collaboration, capacity-building and program creation. Our programs focus on mentoring youth & families, empowering the unemployed, strengthening other nonprofits and improving housing conditions for the poor. Visit for more information.


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