Beyond Basics

Rating: 4.9 stars   61 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  

Beyond Basics is a great program that all schools should participate in. The staff is great! They are very supportive of the students that participate in the program. The students are excited with the activities that are provided, especially the writing center. They love their published books with their own story inside along with their name. That one activity is a memorable experience and a great keepsake! Thank You Beyond Basics for supporting students!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure that the program is inside all schools.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I started teaching in a school with Beyond Basics housed there last year. They worked with the students amazingly. It didn't matter if they were general education students or special education students, they progressed. The students would run up to me, so proud, and show me books they wrote or paintings they created. I could not believe that the child had this in them. Not only did Beyond Basics teach them, they brought up the confidence each student needed. They took pictures of the children and what each created and hung them on the walls over the whole school. The students would carry books around and read them in the classroom. I would ask them where they got the books from. They would always respond, "Beyond Basics" looking so proud. Beyond Basics should be in every school. I would walk in their rooms and I saw something where I felt so happy inside. They would be sitting one-on-one with the student assisting them learning how to read. The children found Beyond Basics as a place where they felt safe and nurtured in their room. Beyond Basics in the school is more than we can appreciate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them working in every school in the U.S.

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked for this organization for two years, and it is one of the best organizations around. Seeing the student's faces light up when they receive their published stories is priceless, and I love it. The reading programs are excellent, and really make a difference. The program also helps build the child's confidence levels as well, and many teachers have remarked about the amazing difference in their students prior to working with Beyond Basics, and after.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have spent the past two years as a tutor with Beyond Basics. Over the course of those two years, I have had the opportunity to work with approximately 50 students in the Read to Rise Program. In no time at all I fell in love with my job, and the organization. My mind is filled with countless faces and names of students whose lives were impacted by Beyond Basics. After seeing firsthand the remarkable progress in each student's literacy levels, it became clear to me that this organization was one I wanted to commit to long term. After graduating in April of 2012, I decided to dive in full time and currently serve as the Reading Director. The sheer volume of students we are reaching and helping as an organization is increasing exponentially each year. I can honestly say that in my three years with Beyond Basics, I have never left at the end of the day feeling like that day's work didn't matter. I would encourage anybody interested in getting involved with a Non-Profit, or enriching the lives of children, to consider Beyond Basics as the avenue through which to do so.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Beyond Basics far exceeds the expectations of what most tutoring programs provide for children in vulnerable neighborhoods in Detroit. Not only do they provide one-on-one, intensive daily literacy tutoring, they provide students with wonderful opportunities to achieve a well-rounded learning experience, all during school hours. In addition to the reading program, Beyond Basics provides enrichment programs such as Art with the Masters, Expanding Horizons, and Publishing Center. The joy that children have when participating in these programs is contagious, spilling over into their families and neighborhoods. I have personally seen that change that this organization can make in students' lives, and it is more than remarkable. This nonprofit is one that goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve children's educational needs, and one that I would highly recommend to anyone.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Beyond Basics is extremely effective in helping children who read below grade level get the extra help they need to move up to grade level in a short time. Their use of employed staff along with volunteers helps every fund raised dollar go farther. I have seen many programs that talk about what they can do. Beyond Basics just does it. Amazing program with amazing results.

They also bring writing opportunities to the children, by helping kids to write books. BB then has them typed, and put into a book format for the child to illustrate and take home. This program makes learning fun! I love watching the smiles on kids faces as they realize they can read.

Too often inner city children in Detroit only hear what they can't do. Beyond Basics helps to show them what they can do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My company adopted a Detroit Elementary School and now we have a Beyond Basics room at that school. Change is happening! Kids are publishing books, struggling readers are getting help and expectations for the children are rising.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out a way to impact more schools. Maybe incorporate volunteers in the tutoring process to bring down the cost so we could get to more kids.

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