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About The WHIT Program




Foster kids start out behind.
We want to catch them up.

The WHIT Program is named for Whitney Thompson, the late daughter of program founder Jennifer Lisson. Whitney inspired others with her love of people and her caring for the less fortunate. It’s in her memory that The WHIT Program was established.




Our Program

The goal of The WHIT Program is to help children in foster care get up to speed with school. Our wonderful tutors will help these children succeed in math and reading, and will bring them up to grade level.

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Foster children have the lowest high-school graduation rate of any group tracked by the state of Texas. Lower than poor children, lower than ESL students, lower even than homeless children. We at The WHIT Program aim to change that.

We take volunteer university students and train them in tutoring, confidentiality, and spotting abuse and neglect. After a background check, we match the volunteer tutors with a foster child who is behind in school. Our tutors meet weekly with their foster until the foster reaches grade level.

Our program is free to the foster children and their families. We take no tax money. We’re supported entirely by private donations.

If you would like to support our work, you can donate here: https://www.whitprogram.org/donate-to-whit-program

If you are a college or university interested in making our program available to your students, please send an email to [email protected], or use our Contact page.

If you are a university student and would like to become a tutor, please email [email protected], or use our Become a Tutor page.

If you are a CPS or foster care worker and would like to refer a child in foster care to our program, please email [email protected], or use our Refer a Student page.