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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 13.5 years ago.

Throughout our history, we have impacted the lives of more than 19,000 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 2,710 students and parents on 11 HISD campuses and at multiple community sites during the 2019-2020 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.

2019-20 By The Numbers

People
Served

0
Students
0
Adults

35%

African
American

52%

Hispanic

6%

White

5%

Asian

2%

Other

9,888

Books Distributed

46%

Male

54%

Female

46%

Single Parent Household

414

Children and adults served through 5 family literacy nights

566

k-2nd Grade students served in reading intervention in 11 HISD schools

149

Parents/Caregivers served through parent workshops

128

3rd - 5th Graders served in Lunch Bunch Program on 7 Campuses

69

Volunteers read to 1,148 students during read aloud month for a total of 87 hours

11,389

total hours served in reading intervention program

274

Dedicated volunteers served 1,275 hours, having an estimated economic value of $32,423

20,273

total hours served across all programs

Over the past 13.5 years

we have served over 19,000 children and parents