Help Us Grow Foundation (H.U.G.)

there is a direct correlation between deficiencies in 3rd grade reading scores and the prison pipeline.

The H.U.G. Reading Program incorporates our BE THE DIFFERENCE™ program in every session, positively impacting character development while providing an engaging and proven reading curriculum with 1:1 student to tutor ratios.

With our unique combination of character development and reading support, H.U.G. students achieve grade-level reading by the completion of 3rd grade, improve social equality and foster student growth into employable, responsible adults.


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“We support H.U.G.’s goals of empowering young people while encouraging our Kroger volunteers to make a one-on-one difference.  Both fit naturally into my mission as a person and a leader for the Kroger Co.”

- Wendy McCarty, VP Operations, The Kroger Co. Louisville Division


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“H.U.G. features individualized and informed instruction to children in a caring environment.  The level of engagement between student and tutor is impressive.  Within the one hour session, students enjoy lessons which teach personal-social skills, word attack, and comprehension.  It's an important program of wonderful reading instruction and abundant smiles.”

- Tony Kemper, Head of School, The de Paul School