About Us

Founded in 2006 by Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis, Making It Better has been on the front lines of transforming the lives of underserved and at-risk children and their families. Throughout its history, the organization has transformed the lives of more than 17,000 children and their parents through critical literacy, leadership, and life skills programming that has far and wide-reaching effects.

Over the years we have grown from serving one school with 91 students to serving 2,300+ students and their parents on 9 HISD campuses and multiple community sites during 2018-19 fiscal year. Making It Better invests in building strong relationships with participants and provides culturally sensitive programming designed with the needs and desires of students and communities in mind. We expand our connections to strategize with community partners, grow our resources, and increase volunteer involvement.


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.

  • “Making It Better is transforming lives and empowering our community.”

    Juliet Stipeche | Director of Education for the City of Houston

  • “Our education problem is going to be solved one kid at a time, and Making It Better does that better than anybody else.”

    Zach Hodges | President, Houston Community College NW

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