Dare Mighty Things (DMT) is proud to support the Amachi Mentoring Enhancement Project 2.0 (AMEP 2.0), funded by a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This enhancement, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., is designed to strengthen and expand existing mentoring activities and contribute to evidence-based practices throughout the mentoring community. Over a two-year period this project will enhance the mentoring relationships for 500 new and 250 existing matches across Arizona, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina among underserved populations – especially children of incarcerated parents and young males of color. These relationships will build protective factors and ultimately bolster positive outcomes for these youth. In addition to continuing to implement quality standards and practices, Amachi will implement and evaluate research-based enhancements with mutually beneficial growth-fostering relationships, on-demand training, and enhance closure as a transition to lifelong mentoring.
Amachi has always placed a heavy emphasis on training beginning with the Amachi Mentoring Institute and continuing with online learning through communities of practice. DMT will design, develop, and launch new elearning enhancements to ensure program staff and mentors have on-demand access to training in the enhancement foundations and scenario-based micro-learning that can be used for further development of the relationship and growth of the mentees. For many, time and attention span are limited, so our on-demand micro-learning will provide quick access to short-duration learning events. For mentors, these micro-learnings will also be part of a larger picture of the overall process and the relationship between the foundation of mutuality and scenarios for the mentee’s long-term growth; and at the same time, growth and development for themselves. We will evaluate the reaction and knowledge gained in each learning session as well as the associated, longer-term measures of effectiveness and impact.