Chicago Lawndale AMACHI Mentoring Program (LAMP) is a community-based organization that connects youth in North Lawndale to screened, trained and culturally competent adult mentors who provide academic, social and developmental support. Our programs aim to break the cycle of generational incarceration by providing a safe and enriching environment to youth ages 4 to 18. Research shows that a positive and committed mentor can help fill the gaps that many youth experience as the result of parent incarceration or living in challenging conditions. Through consistent mentoring, cultural enrichment activities and summer employment opportunities, we equip youth with tools and confidence to help them set and achieve life goals.

At LAMP, we believe all children have the potential to outshine their circumstances – all they need is a little help, a little hope and someone to believe in them.



The mission of Chicago LAMP is to improve the life prospects of local youth, with particular focus on those impacted by incarceration, through programming designed to:

  • Match youth with trained, caring and committed adult mentors
  • Expose youth to cultural enrichment activities
  • Develop skills in leadership, relationship-building and problem-solving
  • Instill community pride



Our vision is a generation of youth from the North Lawndale community who, with the guidance of our mentors and programs, become self-sufficient, productive and contributory members of the local and national community.