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June 03, 2014

Project Manager Meshia Sandifer (left) presents the Foundation grant award at Big Brothers Big Sister of Middle Tennessee.

We are pleased to continue our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, who this Spring received a second MAXIMUS Foundation grant to support their Amachi program. The Amachi program, which provides one-to-one mentors for children of prisoners in Metro Nashville, Tennessee offers special educational, recreational and community service activities for mentors and young people to share.

Through mentoring activities and programming, Big Brother Big Sisters first help these children to understand that they are not responsible for the actions of their parents. Via Amachi’s proven system, mentors empower the young people involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters to believe their futures can be bright if they set goals, work hard, and stand up to the negative influences around them.

The Amachi program fits extremely well with the MAXIMUS Foundation’s commitment to helping disadvantaged populations and underserved communities, and, most importantly, the program works. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee has a track record of keeping children of prisoners out of the juvenile system and into positive behaviors and academic achievement though long-term one-to-one mentoring. 98% of their Amachi participants avoided the juvenile justice system. 83% improved or sustained their social skills, parental trust, and educational performance in the most recent program year – the Foundation’s first as a supporter.

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