About Us

Growing up in a low-income area in Houston, Jerry Davis noticed a large gap in achievement between himself and his peers. He later attributed his eventual success to being surrounded by a family of educators and supportive adults. Making It Better was founded in 2006 as a response to Jerry’s desire to level the playing field for disadvantaged children – children that lack the support of positive role models and access to opportunities that he’d been afforded during his childhood.

Making It Better began at Walnut Bend Elementary in January 2007. Most of the original 91 students were children who had been evacuated to Houston as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, we have worked tirelessly to address severe disadvantages faced by at-risk children in the Houston area by offering a variety of programs that provide quality support services to enhance students’ social emotional learning and provide a foundation for academic success. Our programs are tailored to meet the needs of each school campus. Whether the program is academic or enrichment, delivered during or after school, on a school campus or in an apartment-based program; the overarching goal is always the same . . . developing relationships and improving self-esteem by sparking creativity, fostering the desire to succeed, developing social skills, and expanding life experiences.

Our primary goal has been and will always be to serve our students, their families, our schools and the surrounding communities with excellence. We continually enhance and perfect our programs and operational procedures so that we remain excellent stewards of our resources while delivering the highest quality programs possible.

We have a great history and are excited about the future!


Jerry Davis


Jerry received a Bachelor’s degree from Washington College, his Teacher’s Certification from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master’s degree in Education from Prairie View A&M. He taught at both Yates and Westside high schools, teaching special education and coaching lacrosse and basketball. From 2001 to 2003 he was a Dean of Students at Westside, as well as the Head Coach for the men’s lacrosse team from 2001-2005. Jerry currently represents District B on the Houston City Council. The vision behind Making It Better stems from his desire to address the severe disadvantages faced by low income families in the Houston area.


  • “To watch the smiles on the kids’ faces accomplishing even the smallest reading tasks, made every minute memorable!”

    Jennifer Pergande | Volunteer

  • “We honor everything that you do and look forward to many more years of partnership with you!”

    Michele Dahlquist | Principal, Walnut Bend Elementary School

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