Doree Collins, KIDS R.E.A.D. Under the Tent

After connecting with Doree Collins of the Un-Included Club at a community event, Youth Development Hub member Chris McGilvery knew that he had found a true partner in his work to help ensure that all young people have equal access to education.

The mission of the Un-Included Club is to create a positive learning environment that fosters improved self-confidence and self-esteem. Children are empowered to be un-included from illiteracy, bullying, childhood obesity, drugs and alcohol, and giving up. They provide a variety of projects to support youth development, including their KIDS R.E.A.D. program. Standing for Kids Reading for Encouragement, Action and Discovery, these three words encouragement, action and discovery fill the need that our youth have to grow into healthy, confident readers and leaders.

Speaking about why he chose to award this flow fund grant, Chris said: “Doree Collins’ passion is contagious . . . She grew up in Temple, Texas, and understands the needs of the community she works with. The programs that the Un-Included Club provides engages students to actively participate in reading, 4-H, mentorship, tutorials, extracurricular activities, and discovery. These kids are excited to attend the events, and I am excited to provide a seed grant to Doree Collins and the Un-Included Club. Her energy, dedication, and passion for supporting youth in Temple will help each program continue to grow and succeed.”