More than 11 years ago, current Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis had a dream to level the playing field for disadvantaged children. As he reached adulthood, Jerry noticed a large gap in achievement between himself and his peers who had all grown up in the same low-income Houston community. He later attributed his eventual success to being surrounded by a family of educators and supportive adults. In 2006 Jerry established Making It Better to help turn the tide for children who lacked those positive role models and opportunities he’d been afforded during his childhood.
Making It Better began at Walnut Bend Elementary in January 2007 where 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 delivered in a culturally sensitive manner and uniquely tailored to meet the needs of those we serve. 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.
We have a great history and are excited about the future!
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.
“Making It Better is transforming lives and empowering our community.”
“Our education problem is going to be solved one kid at a time, and Making It Better does that better than anybody else.”