Readers Do Something About It

Join Team Brown

Pledge to help Houston Texans offensive tackle, #76, Duane Brown and United Way of Greater Houston help kids in our community succeed academically.

Join Team Brown by making a pledge to read with, tutor or mentor a kid. Read with kids at the library, become a tutor at your neighborhood school or sign up to be a mentor with a local organization—no matter what you choose to do, you are helping kids build a strong educational foundation, graduate and go on to lead productive, successful lives.

Team Brown is part of an initiative with United Way and the NFL. 40 NFL players across the U.S. are joining United Way and the NFL to ensure the academic success of our kids and make sure they graduate on time. The national goal is to recruit 99,000 readers, tutors and mentors. Our Houston goal is 3,000. Currently, Houston's Duane Brown is in 4th place with 1,344 pledges!

Join Team Brown—the difference in a child's life could be you!

And, for information on how you can

Volunteer opportunities at United Way affiliates:
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
Houston Area Urban League
The Salvation Army
Star of Hope


Ideas to help you get started:

  • Volunteer with a local school, church or organization to read with, tutor or mentor a child
  • Check with local schools, libraries and community centers for volunteer reading opportunities
  • Be a volunteer reader at the public library during story hours
  • Host a book drive and donate the books collected to a youth organization
  • Make time to read with your own kids or kids you know
  • Pass along your used books to a child or a youth organization

Did you know?

  • 90% of brain development happens before kindergarten
  • 1 in 4 children does not graduate from high school
  • 1 in 4 children is left alone after school
  • Fewer than 50% of Houston's 3rd graders achieve the reading score needed for success in 4th grade
  • Over their lifetimes, high school graduates earn 74% more than those who drop out

How United Way is helping

  • 449,000 children benefitted from United Way programs last year
  • 5,000 United Way Bright Beginnings students are on track to achieve their full potential
  • 40,000 youth's lives were impacted by United Way mentors last year
  • 27,000 kids benefitted from United Way after-school programs last year
  • 75% of the students in United Way programs are more successful in school