Welcome to LAMP Chicago

Chicago-Lawndale AMACHI Mentoring Program connects youth to trained, caring adults who provide guidance to youth to support their personal development.

LAMP was created in 2007 with the mission of providing caring adult mentors to children whose parents are incarcerated. In 2009, we expanded the program to include those children who are impacted by incarceration.

According to a 2002 study by the Center for Impact Research, 57% of adults in North Lawndale are involved in the criminal justice system: on probation, parole, sentenced to prison, or incarcerated.  Additionally, nearly 97% of the children in North Lawndale schools qualify for free or reduced priced lunches (Chicago Public Schools 2011). Given the combination of low income families and the high percentage of incarceration among adults, the children in North Lawndale are particularly vulnerable to the social forces that lead to involvement with the criminal justice system.  LAMP will, therefore connect any child or youth in North Lawndale between the ages of 4 and 18 with a positive, caring adult role model.

Our primary goal is to engage mentees in cultural enrichment activities designed to break the cycle of generational poverty and generational incarceration.  Our objective is to coach, guide and teach successful strategies to help youth achieve their life goals.