How we are making it better

  • Literacy

    Building a foundation for academic success through small group, individualized tutorials for struggling readers.

  • Leadership

    Instilling leadership skills is an integral part of all Making It Better programs, giving children the ability to resist the negative influences that are so common today.

  • Life Skills

    Developing self-management and positive relationship skills and learning to express feelings appropriately is infused into every program; enabling children to grow into successful, contributing members of society.

  • “Seeing the Steps to Success program in action significantly increased my already high level of belief in and support of the work that Making It Better does.”

    Tom Fitzpatrick | Board Member

  • ” I am finding it especially rewarding, working with small groups of students, because the impact we make is so clearly and immediately evident.”

    Peg Fitzgerald | Literacy Tutor

Real Stories. Real People.

For more than two years, Lily Fitzpatrick, a Junior at The Kinkaid School and a Kinkaid Community Service Council member, has gone above and beyond to ensure that our Family Literacy Nights are fully staffed.

“I introduced Making It Better to the Council because of the wonderful work they do fighting illiteracy for underprivileged kids in Houston. Because my family has been so involved with the organization for years, I had previous experience working with them and became very passionate about serving the children and families they help.”

This dedicated group shows up to events ready to work and is always willing to do whatever needs to be done. They are caring individuals whose love for their community motivates them to continue giving year after year.

“We always have a lot of fun interacting with the kids and providing educational activities for them. We leave each event with adorable stories about the kids, as well as a sense of gratitude for the lives we lead. I am so grateful for the opportunities that Making It Better has given me, which have broadened my interests in community service and have allowed me the opportunity to spend time doing worth-while volunteering.”

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