H. A. P. P. Y. – Homework Assistance Program Preparing Youth

The Melvin Jones Foundation, Inc. is reaching out to low income and at risk children to help them succeed academically. The H. A. P. P. Y. program provides mentoring and instruction in a tutorial program for high-risk youth in Memphis, TN.  This program fosters personal growth and academic achievement and assists students from first through fifth grades. This is a weekly academic skills program (reading, mathematics and study skills) augmented by a periodic series of enrichment activities.  The Foundation also supports these “Jones H. A. P. P.  Y. Scholars” with a mid-year backpack distribution program to replenish supplies as the students go into their second semester.  A matching grant from Germantown Rotary Club was awarded to the Foundation to restock the Evans Elementary library and purchase Tablets for the students in the Homework Assistance program.


  • More than 960 hours of mentoring  and tutorial assistance
  • 6 volunteer tutors; each holding a Bachelor’s degree or above
  • Reading Levels improved from Level 4 to Level 5
  • More than 60 students served
  • Reading and Math Skills improved by 25 percent

The Melvin Jones Foundation, Inc. is committed to “advancing scholars one tier at a time”.

Melvin Jones Foundation, Inc. H. A. P. P. Y. Program Director, Antoinette Holman, and MJF Board member Phyllis Jones, present Eagle books for the library to Mrs. Genice McCants, Evans Elementary School Principal.