On February 22, 2016, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania sponsored a day of tribute honoring The Reverend Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., former Mayor of Philadelphia and founder and President of Amachi, Inc. For more than 15 years, the Amachi mentoring program has provided effective mentoring to youth impacted by incarceration. Since Dr. Goode founded Amachi, at least 350 Amachi-modeled programs have helped over 300,000 children in more than 250 cities nationwide. Dare Mighty Things has had the privilege of working with this inspirational leader through six projects over the past ten years, from the Department of Health and Human Services Mentoring Children of Prisoners program to current mentoring enhancement initiatives sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Following a tribute from Senator Casey that will be reflected in the Congressional Record, the Senator sponsored a symposium on No Entry and Re-Entry: Creating a Path to Success. Panelists included the National Director of the Healing Communities USA Prison and Prisoner Reentry Ministry; the President and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance; and a young man impacted by his father’s life-long incarceration and who is now a Truman Scholar, founder of a partnership between Villanova University and Amachi in service to at-risk youth, and one of the core organizers of the 2015 World Meeting of Families, and the Papal visit to Philadelphia. The highlight of the session was an opportunity to once again hear Dr. Goode’s insights, perspective, and words of promise for the future of our youth.
The tribute to Dr. Goode was the Tenth Annual Black History Month Honor sponsored by Senator Casey and placed Dr. Goode in a very special group of servant leaders from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It has been, and continues to be, an honor and privilege for members of Dare Mighty Things to learn from Dr. Goode and serve under his inspirational leadership in the faith-based mentoring arena.