Mayor Turner believes that the City of Houston is not only a City of Hope, but it is also City of Champions. There is no better way to maintain a vibrant city than to enable those who can help find the champion in others. Our city's youth need caring adults and organizations. Those who are committed to being or providing mentors, advocates, or sponsors that will suppor an efficient cradle-to-career system. Houston will no longer be a city of "haves and haves not." Help us build a champion in every child, family, and community.

As a Read Houston Read volunteer, you can help a child develop a love for reading by sharing a book with them. Do it online or in person. It only takes an hour of your time each week during the school year to instill a lifelong love of reading in a student. Depending on which method you choose, you will be trained to:

  • Share an adventure by reading to a child
  • Participate in fun activities that directly relate to the reading material
  • Listen to a child read and encourage them

Youth Engagement
Volunteer Houston believes that the success of the nonprofit community is defined by its next generation. It is our responsibility to help build that generation by providing programs and service opportunities, in partnership with the nonprofit community, that engage and transform not only the student, but the nonprofit agency and the communities they serve.


To provide high quality summer enrichment programing through the CDF Freedom Schools program model to the MBK Houston Action Areas. The summer of 2017 there will be one MBK sponsored CDF Freedom School in the Wheatley, the Kashmere and the Scarborough feeder patterns. A total of 150 children, in grades K-12th, will be served at each site.

Volunteers In Public Schools

Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) recruits thousands of parents and community partners to donate their time, resources, and knowledge in support of the district’s primary goal to increase student achievement. Volunteers contribute in areas such as mentoring, tutoring, fundraising, career education, enrichment programs, extracurricular and community service activities, and office and classroom assistance.

Our mentoring program is about real men giving real time to uplift youth in our community. We work with a talented group of young men with unlimited potential and it's our challenge to give them the tools to reach that potential and become assets to our society. We take this challenge very seriously. Come join us in our journey.