The Help Us Grow, Foundation, Inc. (H.U.G.) strives to promote social equality and education for all students allowing them to achieve grade level reading by completion of third grade.
H.U.G. incorporates character development and confidence building components to help struggling readers become confident grade level readers, thus improving their life's trajectory.
To grow students into confident, resilient, successful, adults with good social skills and the ability to learn independently. Thereby:
Raising the U.S. national 3rd-grade average reading level
Enabling students to BE THE DIFFERENCE™ to themselves, their family, and their community
Enhancing the employable workforce in the community through education
Reducing the pipeline to prison
Supporting Our Students
Evidence-Based Model Creates More Resilient Students
H.U.G. uses curriculum with 30 years of research from the University of North Carolina and used nationwide for reading intervention.
1:1 Student-to-Tutor Ratio Builds Skills and Character
Our H.U.G. tutors help directly address this highly documented need faced by today's educators & future workforce.
Students and Tutors Reap Positive Benefits
Students show increased engagement and positive behavior, while tutors feel honored and values to share their wisdom.
Help us Be the Difference in a Student's Life Today!
Whether you're an individual, a church or community organization, or a company with workforce or HR goals in mind, there are so many benefits to supporting our mission by actually becoming a tutor or donating today.
Ashley Byerley, Instructional Coach at Old Mills Elementary
The individualized program meets the needs of some of our most striving learners while also integrating social-emotional skills needed to achieve more and become productive citizens. Our students always look forward to the tutoring sessions and have grown over the last several years.
Brad Maudlin, Kroger Division Manager in Retail Operations
The weekly reading development and word understanding of HUG students is amazing! Being a HUG volunteer for 3 years has been an exceptionally rewarding experience for me and I would highly recommend getting involved and “Making a Difference” for these wonderful children.
Rylen W., Student at JB Atkinson Elementary
What I like about HUG is I used to be kind of a bad reader and, once I joined this (the HUG Reading Program), I got better at reading. I like reading now.