The AMACHI Team
Committed to Making a Difference
In 2004, Janice Rowley set out to make a difference in the lives of youth all throughout Detroit by providing them with all the tools, resources and support they need in order to shape them into the leaders of tomorrow. In 2017, Kiarra Ambrose joined the team to help further the mission of AMACHI and provide children an environment in which they can reach their fullest potential. Over the years, AMACHI Incorporated has grown to be one of the best Youth Organizations in the area - offering youth of the community a chance to reach their fullest potential.
Founder & Executive Director
Born to one of the first African American men hired by Detroit Public Schools to teach instrumental music, Janice is a product of DPS. With degrees from Michigan State and The Ohio State University, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Universities and Community Colleges as well as both the elementary and secondary level of K-12. She has worked in the classroom as a teacher, in schools as a content area supervisor and as an English and Language Arts District Instructional Specialist. A creative teacher, Janice is able to identify problems and begin working toward solutions regardless of the depth of the challenge. Her views and understandings of education and teaching are broad and she continues to apply her research findings to the work she does with children and adults. Her passion for education is infectious.
She believes in the genius of young people...and the responsibility of adults to love and support them. Janice is always looking to increase programming in schools and communities. Kiarra Ambrose became an integral pat of the Amachi Team in 2017.
Member,Board of Directors
Born and raised in Detroit, Kiarra Ambrose is a product of Detroit Public Schools. At an early age she recognized her gift of mentoring young people. She's worked with youth in various capacities ranging from mentoring with Big Brother Big Sister, planning and implementing programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, coaching school dance teams, acting as the adviser for both National Honor Society and Renaissance High School Math Club, and most recently as a high school math teacher with Detroit Public Schools Community District. Kiarra has earned degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. She strives to be a culmination of the great educators that she's encountered during her life while simultaneously offering encouragement and support to the young people she comes in contact with daily. In 2017 she partnered to Janice Rowley to breathe life into AMACHI, with a promise to help as many children as possible realize their full potential.