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Phone: 2482509304
18000 West Nine Mile Road, Suite 515
Michigan 48075
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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.

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!

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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... more »
Over the years, I have been a reading buddy and a publishing center volunteer. The Beyond Basics program helps the children in so many ways. Not only does it improve reading skills, but it improves confidence in the children by interacting with them individually and giving them the opportunity to ... more »
I had the opportunity to work with Beyond Basics in two different settings. The first took place at Wayne State University. My university worked with student ambassadors involved in Beyond Basics from Southeastern HS. We discussed high school, standardized testing, and college with the students. It ... more »
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