Amachi Knoxville to Introduce Theater to At-Risk Youth


Media Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2014

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

Amachi Knoxville to Introduce Theater to At-Risk Youth

January 7, 2015 – Amachi Knoxville, a mentoring initiative of Knoxville Leadership Foundation (KLF), is celebrating National Mentoring Month. Amachi is celebrating National Mentoring Month with several activities beginning with the Broadway production of Annie at the Tennessee Theatre.

Amachi works to match children with a parent in prison with a caring mentor who is willing to “live life” as a positive role model in the life of a child. Many of these children of promise lack the opportunity to experience things we take for granted such as a Broadway play. Amachi has partnered with The Tennessee Theatre Youth Arts Alliance to introduce at-risk youth to the Broadway’s Annie.

“I am so grateful to Amachi for providing tickets for my mentee and me to see Annie” said Donna Hardy, Amachi Mentor. “Together we have the opportunity to enjoy practicing theatre etiquette and seeing quality entertainment!”

Fifteen Amachi mentees and their mentors will attend Friday evening’s performance at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. This will be the first-time at a live performance of a Broadway musical for many of the children attending.

“Our team is always looking for fun, positive experiences to share with our Amachi mentor matches” said Danita McCartney, Director of Mentoring Initiatives at Knoxville Leadership Foundation. “I am looking forward to seeing the faces of our young people as the curtain goes up at the Annie performance.”

There is a growing need of caring individuals to mentor the children of incarcerated parents in our community. Studies have shown that children with a parent in prison are less likely to repeat the generational cycle when actively involved in a mentoring program. Research also shows that the positive encouragement mentees receive from their mentor improves grades, attitude and many other aspects of a child’s life.


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.

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