About Us

  On September 10, 2005 in Houston, Texas, at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center a passionate, yet frustrated group of parents, school principals, educators, and business leaders led by Gary and Karen Smith, assembled to discuss meaningful strategies to motivate teenagers to make wise life choices and reach their full potential. Each shared a common experience of watching too many teens lose there way. 

  From this, and subsequent meetings, a twenty-one member Board of Directors was confirmed, and Discovery Youth Foundation was formed. Our aim was, and is to shape an extraordinary summer enrichment program that introduces teenagers to exciting careers, entrepreneurship, community involvement, and life management skills. The summer program is highly structured, informative, challenging, motivating, engaging, and yes fun for our students.

  Learners are introduced to different ventures each day. Success partners are expected to make memorable, practical presentations by including classroom and hands-on experiences. Students are exposed to fields and environments that many never knew existed. Teens are challenged to expand their vocabularies and read positive books. Mentors are assigned to monitor year-round progress. Teens actively participate in community service projects. Students dress in tidy uniforms, and are rewarded with incentives for active participation.


  Our mission statement is to "Motivate students to DISCOVER, DEVELOP, and EMPLOY their God-Given talents, igniting a passion for achievement and self-improvement. Our aim is to expose teens to diverse environments that offer the best opportunities to succeed in life.” 

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Motivating students to DISCOVER, DEVELOP, and EMPLOY their God-Given talents


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