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Since our humble beginning in 2006, we have remained true to the vision of our founder, Jerry Davis, to provide opportunities to under-served children that address the needs of the whole child – academic, social, and emotional – and to include their families in the process. Literacy Now (formerly Making It Better) was built upon relationships, and that core value remains as true today as it was 15 years ago.

Throughout our history, we have impacted the lives of more than 20,000 children and their parents through critical literacy, leadership, and life skills programming. Over the years we have grown from serving one school with 91 students to serving 1,355 students and parents on 10 HISD campuses and at multiple community sites during the 2020-2021 school year.

Our Mission

Literacy Now is dedicated to transforming communities by empowering children and families through literacy, leadership and life skills.


Executive Director

JACQUE DAUGHTRY

Jacque received her bachelor’s degree in Business, with an emphasis in Personnel Management, from the University of Houston and has 25 years’ experience in accounting and business management in the for-profit sector. Her passion for serving children and her community as a church volunteer and in multiple volunteer capacities at each HISD school her children attended, paved the way for her to help launch Making It Better in 2006. Jacque considers it an honor and privilege to serve the organization’s students, their dedicated staff and board of directors, and their Houston ISD partner schools.

2020-21 By The Numbers

People
Served

0
Students
0
Adults

35%

African
American

52%

Hispanic

6%

White

5%

Asian

2%

Other

10,960

Books Distributed

46%

Male

54%

Female

46%

Single Parent Household

608

k-2nd Grade students served in reading intervention in 10 HISD schools

631

Parents/Caregivers served through parent workshops and Literacy Distribution kits

100

3rd - 5th Graders served in Lunch Bunch Program on 4 Campuses

411

Volunteers read to 8,900 students during Houston reads day for a total of 103 hours

514

Dedicated volunteers served over 1,800 hours, having an estimated economic value of $51,886

Over the past 15 years

we have served over 20,000 children and parents