BEYOND BASICS

Rating: 4.9 stars   60 reviews 2,741

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: 18000 West Nine Mile Road, Suite 515 Southfield MI 48075 USA

Mission: Beyond Basics is a holistic program that brings targeted reading, writing, art, expanding horizons, outreach and mentoring programs to students in K-12th grades. Through intensive one-on-one reading tutoring, by trained staff, we get children reading at grade level in just 6 weeks!
Target demographics: Students develop fundamental education skills.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,451 students (including students in Brazil, India, Philippines and South Africa)
Geographic areas served: Detroit public schools
Programs: our “Read to Rise” reading program. We provide one-on-one, intensive, on-site tutoring services to elementary, middle and high school students (grades pre-K-12, depending on the school) during regular school hours. Our students work with a trained tutor for one hour sessions on a regular schedule promoting trust. This gives students the opportunity to focus on learning, without the distractions of overcrowded classrooms or disruptive home environments. The program also involves a large number of volunteer mentors or Reading Buddies, who assist the tutors by reading to or with the children giving students even more time to hone their reading skills. We have found that when the children come to Beyond Basics, they know they are there to learn, and they respond by giving their best efforts. In addition to tutoring, we provide a variety of experiences – art, writing, field trips, cultural and professional programs – to help students develop a multitude of tools for future success.
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EIN 75-2993015
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http://www.beyondbasics.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I'm volunteering at Thirkell Hill Elementary for the first time. I feel it a great opportunity to contribute for the community. I would definitely volunteer again next year. It is a great program provided by Beyond Basics.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I really enjoyed my experience with Beyond Basics, interacting and building something with the kids. The experience was probably as enriching for me as it was for the kids.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We were part of an art project, working with 2nd graders on how they perceived their greatness. My first young man, felt his greatness when he played basketball, sometimes playing with his 2 year old brother. My second young man said he felt great when he biked with his Dad, and he wanted to help others as a police officer when he grew up.

It was a great day, to work with kids in visioning their greatness in their current life and in their future adult life. Placing that feeling of greatness into artwork, to be placed in our office at a later date as an art exhibit. The children were eager to have outsiders be a part of their day, and it was awesome to see what happens in the Detroit Public Schools, compared to our own hometown schools, and what makes these teachers click in educating our DPS scholars. I look forward to viewing how my 2 young scholars finish out their artwork in color. Thanks for a great day!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my first time and felt very happy.programs organized by BEYOND BASICS very help full to the kids and changing their lives.I really appreciate the work they are doing and they have excellent and professional staff.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Beyond Basics is a dynamic program that everyone should support! I really appreciate the work they are doing and I can see that it is really making a difference. I'm really enjoying my volunteer day getting to work directly with the students. The program facilitators are awesome and I can see that they really care about helping the students. I would like to come back soon to support.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We had a great time working with 2nd Graders this morning. The children were very engaged in the story and the after project. It was inspiring to see them contributing and relating to their own GREATNESS. Very rewarding to be a part of this event.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my first time and I am so happy to be a part of this.
We are working with great kids and changing their lives. Great program!

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Rating: 4 stars  

Beyond Basics not only gives students the tools to read, it gives them hope and allows them to dream beyond the classroom, beyond their neighborhood, beyond their wildest dreams. This program inspires, encourages, uplifts and promotes literacy in schools and nothing but great things can happen when a child learns to love to read. Love the program and I love what it stand for.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I greatly enjoyed my first volunteer experience with Beyond Basics. It was well organized. More importantly, it was rewarding for me and hopefully the kids I worked with. I enjoyed the personal interaction.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with Beyond Basics for a couple of years now and it is still the one that I feel has a direct impact on our community! I've volunteered at various places before and feel rewarded in doing so but Beyond Basics to me is a notch above those other services because the interactions are real and will resonate for a lifetime!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am glad I've run into a program like Beyond Basics for it has provided a path in an effort to make a difference. Right away I knew working with the children would directly impact their lives and my own. It is with this experience I am greatly humbled and grateful. There is no other satisfaction knowing you've helped positively influence their lives. Through this interaction, they've grown to adapt and instill the same mentality to their siblings which goes above and beyond my expectations. Thank you Beyond Basics for this great opportunity!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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