Mission: Beyond Basics works to change the destinies of students’ lives by guiding and supporting at-risk children in grades K-12 through literacy, literacy-enrichment and community partnership programs.
Through intensive one-on-one tutoring by trained staff, we get children reading at grade level in just six weeks.
Target demographics: Beyond Basics works to help at-risk youth develop in mind and spirit—nurturing their abilities, self-confidence and the impact that they will one day have on their communities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,451 students (including students in Brazil, India, Philippines and South Africa through the Beyond Basics International Art & Writing Project).
Geographic areas served: Public schools in Detroit and Pontiac. Our reach extends internationally through the International Art & Writing Project.
Programs: -- “Read to Rise” reading program: We provide one-on-one, intensive, on-site tutoring services to students in grades K-12 during regular school hours. Our students work with a trained tutor for one hour sessions on a regular schedule, promoting trust and consistency. 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 to help hone their reading skills.
-- Expanding Horizons: 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.
-- The International Art & Writing Project: Through use of art and writing, this program reinforces literacy, encourages creativity and fosters students’ awareness and understanding of each other and the world around them.
Beyond Basics is a wonderful organization that is committed to meeting the needs of the whole child. Through their literacy programming the organization not only raises students' educational proficiency, but also increases their self value and desire to succeed. The students experience quality one-on-one interactions with staff and volunteers which leads to a high impact on student achievement and the overall success of the program.
Beyond Basics' dedication to the children it serves is unmatched. There is something magical happening between the organization, including the many volunteers and partners, the community in the city of Detroit, and the surrounding area. The African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" is in full motion here and is driven by the amazing work of Beyond Basics.
Beyond Basics is a wonderful organization! The programs are helpful and inspiring for the kids in the communities and schools Beyond Basics serves. I think it is a great organization that helps kids read in 6 to 10 weeks! Literacy is important to be successful. Beyond Basics puts words into actions by changing the future of the kids they help!
I have recently become aware of Beyond Basics and am so impressed with the mission of the organization. They truly do what they say they'll do - get kids reading at grade level in as little as six weeks! As an avid reader myself, I can't imagine a world without books being an open door. Wonderful organization!
Everyone in this organization works hard to bring literacy to Detroit and Pontiac students. It was a pleasure being part of a team when it was easy and convenient for me! I would encourage others to volunteer and donate!