BEYOND BASICS

Rating: 4.9 stars   60 reviews

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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Rating: 5 stars  

This company truly cares about the academic success of children. My students absolutely love the program, services, and volunteers. The publishing center is one of my favorite activities. The center provide students the opportunity to publish their own stories, and take ownership for their writings. In the past my students would take turns reading their stories. We often used their stories to further develop their writing and comprehension skills. In addition, some of my students have made significant gains with their fluency and writing skills. To conclude, increasing student development is vital in education. As educators we strive to meet the needs of all students, and with the support of Beyond Basics I feel we continue to move children forward.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Earlier this school year Mrs. Pamela Good came into my office and expressed a desire to bring her organization Beyond Basics here to Finney High School. She shared information about her program and that customarily they tutor and mentor students on the elementary level. My first thought was that Beyond Basics may not work with high school students. But fortunately I decided to give it a chance. Well only four months later, the Beyond Basics Team has become an immeasurable member of our school family. Dozens of students have received one-to-one Reading help. We have launched a school newspaper and our students have heard from two corporate VPs, a Division 1 Athletic Director, an Astronaut and the Mayor of the City of Detroit. Most importantly the unique support that the Beyond Basics Team brings to our school is totally funded by community without any financial burden on the school or school district.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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