Michelle Herman, Unsung Hero for January 2013, is deeply involved with the Amachi mentoring program.
Michelle Herman, Unsung Hero for January 2013, is deeply involved with the Amachi mentoring program. Amachi is described as “People of faith mentoring children of promise.” The goal of Amachi is to change the world for the better, one child at a time. The name Amachi comes from a Nigerian word meaning: “Who knows but what God has brought us through this child.” The local Amachi organization is a partnership of a locally Faith Based Coalition, RSVP, and other community members who care about the future of children. Herman has a deep fondness and concern for young people. This has been apparent since she first arrived in the Lake Region as a young bride 30 years ago. At that time, she and her husband, Rollin established a Youth group at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Devils Lake. The organization actively thrives to this day. When he completed his education at the University of Minnesota, Rollin, a dentist who grew up in the Lake Region, returned home with his bride. Throughout their 33 year marriage, Herman and her husband have devoted much time and energy to helping young people achieve their highest potential. Herman says, “In working with young people, I have found that too many children are in great need of meaningful relationships with a caring adults. We cannot underestimate the need for young people to have a non-judgmental and caring relationship with a committed adult; someone to say You are important, I care about you. The Amachi mentoring program makes such a relationship a reality for deserving young people in the Lake Region.” Herman devotes many volunteer hours to Amachi as outreach coordinator. She says, “It is so encouraging to see how a child changes and blossoms under the influence of a caring mentor.” Mentoring is open to children ages 3-18. Another way Herman has found to make a positive influence on young people is by sharing her love of music. She serves on worship team at her church. For six years she volunteered time to accompany music students at Devils Lake High School. She says, “I am glad that I have been free to do these things. I am grateful that it has been possible for me to give back to this great community in these ways. As God has blessed me, I love to pass it along.” Herman and her husband are proud parents of four adult children. They are now celebrating the arrival of their second granddaughter. Herman said “I believe that the ultimate woman is one who realizes the importance of being there for her own children and still makes time to give to others.” It seems to me that Herman fits this description very nicely. Herman would like to encourage others to become involved in the AMACHI program. She says, “If you have one hour a week to spare to mentor a child in need, you will have a richly rewarding experience. The schedule is flexible and open. There is excellent training available. It simply means a personal commitment to be involved with a child for a period of one year. You will find that this is a meaningful way to make a difference in this world.” The Lake Region can be grateful to Herman, not only for all that she is doing for the youth in our community, but also for what she does to inspire others to commit to making a difference in this way.