U. S. Partners




As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 14, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.






The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. The BSA Sam Houston Area Council serves nearly 60,000 youth in 16 counties in southeast Texas through dedicated service and leadership of over 20,000 adult volunteers.






Defy Ventures is an online program that blends entrepreneurship, employment, and character training for people with criminal histories. Defy serves entrepreneurs-in-training and connects them with business volunteer mentors in order to harness the natural talents of formerly incarcerated individuals toward the creation of profitable and legal business ventures. Defy offers intensive hands-on entrepreneurship training, character development, mentoring, business incubation, financing opportunities, and holistic personal development services. Defy is shattering the perceptions of one of American’s most stigmatized and overlooked populations.






The Positive Coaching Alliance exists to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Since 1998, the Positive Coaching Alliance has impacted more than 7.5 million youth by delivering over 13,000 live workshops and partnering with 3,000 organizations.








Reasoning Mind develops effective and engaging blended learning math programs for elementary and middle school. With Reasoning Mind, students are engaged, teachers are empowered, and technology is leveraged to provide a first-rate math education.






The United Way of Greater Houston engages caring people to improve lives and build a stronger community. Its community investment process is volunteer-driven, backed by research and data, results-oriented, and comprehensive and is focused on organizations and programs that serve 418,000 children and youth, 942,000 family members, 91,000 seniors, and 962,000 individuals across the greater Houston area.






YES Prep has continuously redefined possible for students, families and the public education system at large. Today, with 16 schools in operation, serving 11,600 students throughout Houston, YES Prep is living proof that different outcomes are possible when students from low-income communities are given access to high-quality educational opportunities.